Holy Esque
Holy Esque


4.5
superb

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Potentially your new favourite indie band.

Imagine The National with a kick, The Walkmen loosened up or Titus Andronicus bereft of their less tolerable imperfections. It is, quite simply, a recipe for indie rock perfection, and it's also more or less what Holy Esque sound like - with the results in practice being just as good as they seem on paper. It's a fairly daunting list of proclamations to attach to a band who have been in existence for little more than a year, but with such an impressive sonic arsenal at their disposal, this Glasweigan four-piece appear custom-built to take the genre by storm. Indeed if this debut EP proves anything, it's that they're already pretty close to fulfilling those vast reserves of potential, and have generated a momentum so profound that there could be no ceiling to what they can accomplish with subsequent releases.

Although their roots are clearly based across the Atlantic, the most common port of call for many observers has in fact been fellow Brits WU LYF. Much of this inevitably stems from the fact that the pair recently shared a stage on the Manc's latest UK tour, but even so there are a handful of undeniable similarities. The most obvious lies in Pat Hynes' weathered rasp, which falls somewhere in between that of Ellery Roberts and The Undertones' Feargal Sharkey. The effect of that particular quirk is also in keeping with the former, conveying the mysterious and curiously emotive punch that made Go Tell Fire To The Mountain such an unqualified success. For all of these resemblances, though, the fact of the matter is that Holy Esque's music is markedly different.

Aside from being infinitely more intelligible, the main differentiation is that their precedence is placed firmly on melody as opposed to atmospherics, which results in a sound that's both immediate and accessible by comparison. Hynes' performance is key throughout, his faltering vocals connecting seamlessly with a barrage of controlled chaos impeccably engineered by producer Kevin Burleigh, and more often than not it's a chemistry which yields remarkable results. Opener 'Ladybird Love' epitomises these qualities, with the vocalist's irresistible aura driving it from the off amid a splendid wall of sound not dissimilar from fellow Scots and former Burleigh clients Glasvegas. 'Loneliest Loneliness' on the other hand holds many of the same characteristics but draws them out in a more reflective shoegazing pose, while 'Rose' and 'Prophet Of Privilege' both take a more direct path, with soaring riffs providing even more thrust to what is already an immensely fruitful template.

The flexibility that they display within that formula is another hugely commendable trait, with each track here proving immensely gratifying in it's own unique right. Sure, there are certain areas which hold room for improvement, but this is nevertheless a rousing opening gambit, made all the more sensational by the minimal period of time in which its creators have been together. Upward progression from this point forth is by no means assured, but the quality of this EP alone is enough to cement their reputation as Scotland's best new band, and one of the brightest emerging names in the indie world. Believe the hype. Buy the EP. Jump on the hype-train. Holy Esque are a new act to treasure.



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klap
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice, although the walkmen are pretty loose nowadays c'mon!

Digging: Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also posted at http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

EP is out ow on iTunes.

If you like any of the bands mentioned then please please please check this out.

Ladybird Love: www.spinner.com/2012/04/10/holy-esque-ladybird-love/
Rose: www.purplesneakers.com.au/2012/04/listen-holy-esque-rose/

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"nice, although the walkmen are pretty loose nowadays c'mon!"

As much as I love them, I just wish they were a little less restrained sometimes. Saying that, I've not heard their new song yet...

Have you heard this?


klap
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah bro we had a conversation about this

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I knew that you were familiar with the band, didn't know whether you'd heard this in full though

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes indeed, i'd give it about a 3.5 with the caveat that i imagine a full length would sound even better

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I think that the first two tracks are significantly better than the second pair (though they're still great), but I'm so obsessed with them that a 4.5 seems about right for me.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


16143 Comments


I liked the two songs you posted, although the vocalist doesn't have to constantly sound like he's trying to clear a hair from his throat. But i'm sure I'll get used to it just like all other quirky vocalists.

Digging: Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


31218 Comments


My love for The Walkmen will force me to check this out

Excellent work as always

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


2714 Comments


those recommendations...

Okay, you've persuaded me, I'll swing by this.

chambered69
April 23rd 2012


1253 Comments


gr8 review man

Sleaper
April 23rd 2012


3393 Comments


HOOK A BRO UP WITH A LINK!
cant find shit on bandcamp & youtube.
good write up

Digging: Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Adabelle
April 23rd 2012


4257 Comments


Solid review as always. Idk about this, listened to a track and wasnt sure if i liked it but i have a friend who'd probably dig it so it's cool

SleepyJack
April 23rd 2012


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You persuaded me, it's been downloaded

Sleaper
April 23rd 2012


3393 Comments


wow im retarded, ali posted a link.
this is fucking good but im not going to lie, the shakey vocals get a bit frustrating to listen to after a while.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

surprised that people are bothered by the vocals when this is at least intelligible whereas wu lyf was a bunch of nonsense

SleepyJack
April 23rd 2012


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Vocals remind me of Bombay Bicycle Club

Sleaper
April 23rd 2012


3393 Comments


listening to wu lyf is like listening to sigur ros though, no one knows what the fuck the lyrics are

iFghtffyrdmns
April 23rd 2012


7047 Comments


Titus Andronicus bereft of their less tolerable imperfections

still upset over this little remark...

STOP SHOUTING!
April 23rd 2012


631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

your inability to spell 'its' (last paragraph) kind of drives me crazy. other than that, great review, you've really improved.

will be sure to check this out.



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