I think it took all year for me to find a new sound that was truly captivating. Yes, a lot of tried-and-true vets have released albums this year, Lady Gaga found herself again, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie put out solemn final albums before shuffling off this mortal coil, and Bat for Lashes played the part of a grieving bride very well. But I've finally, finally, FINALLY found a *new* artist I can vouch for in this terrible poo-storm of a year. Like. Just as this year comes to a close.
America, meet Holly Macve.
I get hit up with requests from publicists and up-and-coming bands all the time, which I usually ignore because my life is bizzzzz$$$$sssy. But the other day I took a break from my morning to hear her song, "No One Has The Answers." And immediately, I was hooked, because I listened to this song on repeat all morning. It has a nostalgic appeal - like the remembrance of a drunken night of dancing with a stranger and reminiscing on it several years later.
Holly's debut album, "Golden Eagle," is slated for release in March 2017. And I can't wait for it.
Her sound echos a young Gillian Welch to me. Her voice is a bit sweeter, though, and her sound ventures close enough to Americana for comfort but recalls older country at times (think Hank Williams or Patsy Cline). But it's set through this filter that feels very contemporary. I hesitate to call it "hipster," but it's definitely "hip." (And therein is the lamest sentence I've ever written).
So as we kick 2016 to the curb (good riddance) and embrace 2017 with desperate arms, put Holly on your radar. Seriously. You won't regret it.
BONUS - here's Gillian Welch covering Radiohead's "Black Star," one of my favorite covers ever.