Laura Stevenson
Holy Ghost!


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
December 28th, 2010 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


There’s a moment during “Holy Ghost!” about two-thirds of the way through the song where Laura nets an unbearably serene moment. The song follows a simple progression, not unlike the minimal instrumentals accompanying it, but in a humble three minutes Stevenson manages to induce a whole army of spiderlike chills that run down your spine when the song hits a crescendo. The electricity that begins flowing through the song at this decisive crossroads in the song finds its way around, flows through your ears, and down your arms. Laura Stevenson, of musical collective Bomb the Music Industry! fame, captures exquisite moments like these galore on the short, lively, Holy Ghost! EP. Her means are simple: the violins, trumpets, percussion, and sinewy guitar lines are rarely used in excess. Yet, Laura packs enough splendor and soulcrushing emotion into a mere three songs than most bands fit into a full-length.

Let Laura take you in, make you a warm cup of tea, sit you by the fire, and astound you with her cozy, angelic voice. Not letting her punk roots show through much, Holy Ghost! is a warm affair, and is sure to evoke claims of “Where has this been all my life?!” as I’ve heard it do before. Each of the three songs are similar in fashion. Beginning like cold skeletons with a bony resonance and a bare guitar rhythm, Laura slowly breathes life into the entity with her sweet, mellifluous voice. You feel it start to come to life... stumble a little... sway to and fro. Then with precision and power, Laura seems to inspire life! into the piece, erupting in a mountain of fuzz, horns, and a sprawling amplification. “Holy Ghost!” displays this building exhilaration most beautifully. Laura’s comfortable, homey atmosphere on Holy Ghost! could induce a coma of serenity with her cherubic vocals and whimsical melodies, but hopefully you remain conscious to all the small complexities and subtleties throughout the fleeting entirety of the EP-- you’ll be glad you did.



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SeaAnemone
December 28th 2010


20970 Comments


Was bored this morning so decided to review a teensy tiny thing. This is really worth hearing, guys... especially because it's only like 10 minutes long.

Also, she's a cutie:
[img]http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/32/l_1b3f9f482cfc5c411f398ee6853c6720.jpg[/img]


Digging: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

kitsch
December 28th 2010


5107 Comments


pseudo hippie girl with a banjo

ok ill get it

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


10584 Comments


girls who look like that are really starting to tick me off

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

kitsch
December 28th 2010


5107 Comments


yeah but a lot of them are starting to look more like gypsies so thats ok w/ me

SeaAnemone
December 28th 2010


20970 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUvzBdY7mnk

I fell in love immediately after watching the music video for Holy Ghost!

DoubtGin
December 28th 2010


6754 Comments


she has a split EP with BtMI!

interested

SeaAnemone
December 28th 2010


20970 Comments


dude...

she's a member of BTMI! along with all her backing band here... think she's their keyboardist

DoubtGin
December 28th 2010


6754 Comments


whoa

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


17231 Comments


"holy ghost" is so fucking beautiful.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


17231 Comments


http://vimeo.com/18110498 new song

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2010


7025 Comments


This was pretty good but I don't come back to it often.

BallsToTheWall
December 28th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No doubt id love this.

SeaAnemone
December 28th 2010


20970 Comments


yeah balls this is right up your alley


everybody watch that video I posted if you're not sure

BallsToTheWall
December 28th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stopped Bones to watch/listen and I don't pause Bones for nothing. Awesome tune. Will listen to the other two after the episode.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


17231 Comments


bones? really? sigh...

couldwinarabbit
December 28th 2010


6996 Comments


got back from a really nice long run sat by the fire and listened to this and it was excellent.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


28829 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the fire's in my pants

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

BallsToTheWall
December 28th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Getting season 5 made me feel better about missing Christmas.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


28829 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude bones = religion

been slaggin' lately tho... they need a new serialized serial killer story arc, like a new gormagon or that one who buried people alive

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


17231 Comments


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