Holopaw – Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness

January 01, 1970

(Bakery Outlet)




After two solids
records on the Sub Pop label this Florida
band, led by John Orth, has released another low-key gem here. At this point it
would seem that Orth, however, is more well-known for his side project with
Modest Mouse’s Issac Brock, Ugly Casanova, than he is for Holopaw. Hopefully
with the release of Oh, Glory. Oh,
that will all change.


This record like
the previous two, still has plenty of off-kilter folk rock to weave around but
this time there’s less electronic bits and more strings. Orth still
occasionally sings like a tender, wounded soul but sounds much more hopeful
here and the songs more often burst out into glistening, crystalline waves. On
“P-A-L-O-M-I-N-E” the song begins like a mid-tempo folk tune but then adds some
gorgeous strings and the song begins a real rollercoaster ride while first cut,
“The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion” is equally as swooping and
orchestral. The thing is the record doesn’t run out of steam as they keep the
surprises coming until the end as both the hushed “The Cherry Glow’ and the
curvy, left turn only “Black Lacquered Shame” is as confident as a Corvette
owner on his final test run. I’m not sure if Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness will win Holopaw the fan base they
deserve but they’ve poured their hearts out for you nonetheless.


Standout Tracks: “The Art Teacher and the Little
Stallion”, “The Last Transmission”, “The Cherry Glow”, “Black Lacquered Shame”



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