Today heralds the new dawn of Holy Holy. Paired with the announcement of a national tour this November and December, the duo reveal new single Faces via Wonderlick Recordings. The first bite of their third studio album is a fearless left turn and unlike anything you have heard from the union of Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson before. From the first listen, the opening vocal hook drags you by the ears through an experimental mini-epic.
Produced by Holy Holy this time round, and mixed by Rich Costey (Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches, Muse, HAIM, Franz Ferdinand), Faces sees Holy Holy moving away from their trademark solos and riffs in favour of sampled vocal loops and programmed synth bass lines, on top of layers of live and programmed beats. Ainslie Wills and Ali Barter add their vocal colour to the main motif and Japanese Wallpaper provides his trademark synths and tonal vision to the track.
Lyrically Faces also heads into new terrain. "It's a snapshot of what it is to be alive at the moment, all these different lives interacting," says frontman Tim of the track. Dig a little deeper and there's a nod to the 'fake news' era and internet abuse.
"I was a social worker, I used to work in refugee settlement," muses Tim. "It continually shocks me that these people, including children, are still in indefinite detention. When they started separating families at the US/Mexican border, and there was a public outcry, what we're doing in this country is as bad as that."
The new single is the first new music since the release of their critically acclaimed second studio album Paint. The album debuted at #7 on the ARIA album chart in February 2017 and spurred the #1 most played track at triple j and International Songwriting Competition finalist, Darwinism, and fourth single True Lovers landed at #40 in the triple j hottest 100 this year. Following the release, Holy Holy performed two national headline tours and sets at Bluesfest, Yours and Owls, Festival of the Sun, Woodford Folk Festival, Secret Garden, The Drop and Party in the Paddock. They have also captured the attention of global tastemakers with sold out shows in London and performances at Primavera, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Dot to Dot, Liverpool Music Week and London Calling.
Faces illustrates Holy Holy's continued stylistic and musical evolution and is a tantalising glimpse of the new LP due for release in 2019.
Holy Holy Faces Tour
w/ special guests Clews and San Mei
For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: http://smarturl.it/HOLYHOLY.FACES
Thursday 15 November | Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Friday 16 November | The Beery, Terrigal NSW
Saturday 17 November | The Metro, Sydney NSW
Thursday 22 November | Solbar, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23 November | Miami Marketta, Sunshine Coast QLD
Saturday 24 November | The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 29 November | Mojo's, Fremantle WA*
Friday 30 November | The Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA*
Saturday 1 December I Yalls Summer Fest, Yallingup, WA *
Thursday 06 December | The Gov, Adelaide SA *
Friday 07 December | 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC
*San Mei not appearing