Holy Fawn
Realms


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (137 Reviews)
April 26th, 2023 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic start for a band that's just getting started.

Nature is a powerful thing. To immerse yourself in nature means to let go of your worldly feelings. Even the suburban human equivalent of camping can truly be a getaway. Holy Fawn exploded onto the shoegaze scene fully embracing the woods, lakes and the mystical beyond. What that mindset they went the route of a more dream pop approach in their first outing, Realms. The shoegaze leanings are still here in this more dream pop influenced EP debut, but the music proves well worth the listen.

From the get-go they fully figured out how to be a collective. No one Holy Fawn member overshadows the other even though reverb-soaked guitars clearly pave the way. Realms has a healthy variety of memorable melodies. They range from the cinematic and incredibly urgent repetition of “Can We Lie Here?” and the stirring soundscapes of “Foal.” Their style exudes passion and a clear love for the genres they will perfect later.

Meanwhile, “Colossus” would sound right at home on Death Spells. While their vocal work and approach to their atmosphere doesn’t prove quite original just yet, there’s enough here to marvel and appreciate. Like the ocean of reverb and fuzz “Gloandi.” The raw distortion and repetitive melody they pull off is impressive and it’s gripping all the way through.

The most surprising favorite here is one unexpected from Holy Fawn, even in their debut. “Amulet” perfects the genre bending of trip hop, dream pop and shoegaze and the song as a whole takes their material to new heights. The layers upon layers they keep adding onto their soundscape makes it even more massive and eternal.

With its horror twinged guitar tones and exhausted vocal harmonies, the album comes to a close with “Lo.” As an EP debut, Holy Fawn’s Realms exceeds expectations. They’re a band that knows how to create a mysterious nature-based atmosphere akin to the woods and shoegaze very well. And the best is yet to come. For Holy Fawn fans and newbies alike, this is a must listen. It’s a fantastic starting point for a band that’s…just getting started.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mongi123
April 26th 2023


22035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay! I'm incredibly rusty so be gentle lol



And dang i didn't know this had a review i thought it didn't. But I already started writing it anyway so here we are.



I wanna get back into writing again. Whether it be here or something else.

pizzamachine
April 26th 2023


27224 Comments


“Nature is a powerful thing.”

pos

Ecnalzen
April 26th 2023


12163 Comments


Well look who it is

I don't think we have been blessed with a Mongi review in quite some time

JayEnder
April 26th 2023


19950 Comments


Nice Mongi. Underrated EP. Can We Lie Here is so good

Mongi123
April 26th 2023


22035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha thanks peeps. Yeah like I said very rusty but this is a good place to start. Whether it be writing here more or getting back into writing a book I’ll be writing more. Gotta shake the dust off.



For real though Amulet is amazing.

DungeonBoy
April 27th 2023


9725 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the jump in songwriting quality and atmosphere from this to Death Spells is truly remarkable

Mongi123
April 27th 2023


22035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely my friend, but I still find their songwriting to be simple yet substantial here.

TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
April 27th 2023


20969 Comments


Good review! Glad you told me about this great band. Their only release I haven’t heard.

Mongi123
April 27th 2023


22035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oooo yeah they’re fabulous

pizzamachine
April 28th 2023


27224 Comments


Your av is fabulous

Mongi123
April 28th 2023


22035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It will never not be fabulous



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