Holopaw

Holopaw

Holopaw

Sub Pop

A member of the Modest Mouse-associated Ugly Casanova, John Orth has opted for something more approachable with his new outfit, although retaining wildly creative producer Brian Deck ensures that an odd spin is being put on even the most conventional chord progression here. It’s rustic, angular Americana, for sure, but Holopaw is as indebted to Nick Drake, Captain Beefheart and the Smiths as it is to Califone, Son Volt and Whiskeytown. Some will frown at the use of cupboards, computers and other instruments not associated with Hank Williams, but there’s nothing ironic or disrespectful to Holopaw’s approach. Orth presents an idiosyncratic vision of the New West that glances backwards for inspiration and suggestions to new beginnings, turning worn-out phrases inside-out to bring new life and viability to them. It’s wrapped up so subtly and unassumingly, you’ll wonder if you’re dreaming the sudden odd musical twists. Repeated listening reveals Holopaw to be both a richly textured and profoundly moving record, one of the year’s first truly mesmerizing folk albums.

Sub Pop Records: http://www.subpop.com/

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Sarah Adina Smith
    Sarah Adina Smith

    One of the biggest surprises of this year’s AFI Fest came with Buster’s Mal Heart, the impressive second feature by director Sarah Adina Smith that stars Rami Malek, Kate Lyn Sheil, and DJ Qualls. Generoso Fierro spoke at length with Smith about the film, its Y2K era setting, and the race and class discussions contained within.

  • Exits & Entrances: A Celebration of Shakespeare
    Exits & Entrances: A Celebration of Shakespeare

    Exits & Entrances: A Celebration of Shakespeare (EMR Dench Classics). Review by Carl F Gauze.

  • Drakulas
    Drakulas

    Raw Wave (Dirtnap). Review by Jen Cray.

  • Love Is A Drag
    Love Is A Drag

    The reissue of Love Is A Drag has James Mann recalling his father.

  • Juho Kuosmanen and J.P. Passi
    Juho Kuosmanen and J.P. Passi

    Lily and Generoso Fierro were fortunate enough to speak with director Juho Kuosmanen and cinematographer J.P. Passi after the debut of their sweet and poignant new film, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, the true story of the famed Finnish boxer and his shot at becoming the 1962 World Featherweight Boxing Champion.

  • Honeyblood
    Honeyblood

    Honeyblood rocked with a great sound, close to perfect if it weren’t for the crappy sound mixing from Baby’s All Right.

  • AFI Fest 2016
    AFI Fest 2016

    From November 10th to the 17th, the American Film Institute Festival celebrated its thirtieth year of connecting audiences with world-renowned directors and actors by presenting new works and classic films. Lily and Generoso Fierro take you through the many special events, conversations, and most importantly, the reviews of twenty new feature films that premiered at this year’s festival in Hollywood.

  • Matthew Mayfield
    Matthew Mayfield

    Recoil (Sweet Exchange Records) Review by Andrew Ellis.

  • Yellowcard
    Yellowcard

    Yellowcard bid farewell to 20 years worth of fans in Orlando, and Jen Cray was there to capture it all.

  • Dee Snider
    Dee Snider

    We Are the Ones (Red River Records) Review by Christopher Long

From the Archives