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Holy Family – Empty Gestures

Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 11.26.09Holy Family, Batman! Wait… This feels familiar. Alright, I’m not going to do another rambling Adam West tribute this time around, instead I’ll actually tell you that the Swedish euphoria merchants have got an exquisite new(wish) single out that feels as satisfying to listen to as it must feel to put The Riddler behind bars.

The build-ups, the howling, the general way the guitars feel larger than life – all of this comes together to make something Phoenix-Esque that encapsulates an atmosphere far more engaging than any moment of any series of Love Island ever could. Though not exactly a music-by-numbers type sound, it still doesn’t have that worrying sensation of flying too far off the beaten track that you can’t engage with it at all. You’re not listening to something that’s necessarily going to be a toe-tapper or a riff that’s going to linger in the front of your mind. Instead, this is an aural equivalent of 1984, The Man In The High Castle or some other semi-dystopian epic. And in essence that’s probably the best word to describe this overwhelming track – epic.

More deeply satisfying than a warm scone in an antiquarian tea room on a Friday afternoon while an air raid siren goes off instead of Radio 1 in the background. What a work of art this is.

Ciarán Steward

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