Sonic-exploring pair, Holy Holy, recently stopped by our Sydney office to show off a minified, live reinterpretation of "That Message", the latest track lifted from recently released sophomore album, Paint.
Joined by drummer Ryan Strathie, formerly of Brisbane band Hungry Kids of Hungary, the band take a bare-bones approach to the epic pop track, giving extra space to both Tim Carroll's soothing vocals — taking an almost haunting tone at times here — and the free-wheeling guitar work of Oscar Dawson.
Paint, which debuted at #7 on this week's ARIA album charts, introduces a new sense of confidence to the duo's core sound, which — as they told Rolling Stone in an interview in issue #785 — was part of a conscious decision to "step away a bit from the nostalgic Americana sound" of 2015 debut, When The Storms Would Come.
"When we started working on 'That Message', with an electronic beat and the kind of phrasing that references a bit of an R&B tradition, that was a big step," explains Carroll. "There's nothing to be gained from sticking to a style. I'd rather try different things and take risks."