Fresh from the announcement of their forthcoming album Hello My Beautiful World (out August 20), today Holy Holy shares the irrepressible new single The Aftergone (feat. CLEWS). To mark the release, the sonic masterminds have announced a national tour in November and December. Joined by special guests Hayley Mary and Queen P, Holy Holy’s exhilarating live spectacle will commence on Thursday 5 November in Perth, and continue throughout Margaret River, Bunbury, Torquay, Frankston, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart and Launceston.
On the incessant and electric cut The Aftergone, Holy Holy partners with sisterly duo CLEWS and The Presets’ Kim Moyes. “Working with Kim was fun and I’ve always loved The Presets. We wanted to push this song into electronic territory, and he was the right person to go to for that,” says Oscar Dawson. “Tim then wrote a pre-chorus melody and lyrics that we felt were perfect for Lily and Grace from CLEWS, a band – and people – we’re super fond of. We’ve toured with them and they’ve joined us on stage many times before. We’re stoked that they can finally feature on a song with us.”
Of the lyrics, Tim Carroll adds, “The future has been feeling particularly uncertain lately. The world we thought we knew is not there anymore. This song is an acknowledgement of what that feels like. Maybe things are always like that. Maybe every generation has this experience, and this is just our story to live through.”
Recorded in a series of modest studios and spare rooms in Tasmania and Victoria, Holy Holy’s fourth album, Hello My Beautiful World is perhaps their most fully realised. Built upon a foundation of electronic beats and rolling synths, the record combines lush string arrangements, May-esque guitar riffs and chanted vocals to produce a heady and persuasive mix. The record moves fluidly through a collection of feverish moods and atmospheres, unfolding unpredictably and building to a series of fierce and manic highs. It’s a dense and ambitious record suited to close and repeated listening.
Like many records you will hear throughout 2021, Hello My Beautiful World was largely forged in the midst of Australia’s lockdown period. The pair didn’t tackle the album entirely on their own – Japanese Wallpaper added distinctive texture and flair across the album, and of course there is the hyperactive, fiery guest verses of Melbourne rapper Queen P on Port Rd. Throw in the flourishes of composer Toby Alexander’s string arrangements and you’re looking at a record that sees the band redefining itself as a powerful force in the Australian songwriting landscape.
With their three full-length albums to date, the duo have built a loyal and dedicated fanbase with over 100 million streams across their body of work and multiple gold and platinum singles hanging on their walls. If that wasn’t enough, there are nominations for ARIA Awards, J Awards and National Live Music Awards to take note of, all maintained through their fanatically attended live shows and unique songwriting.
Hello My Beautiful World will be released through Wonderlick Recording Company on Friday 20 August and is available to pre order now. The album is available in all formats including a limited edition clear vinyl, with a 24-page booklet including the 11 original song artworks.
Hello My Beautiful World track list:
How You Been
The Aftergone (feat. CLEWS)
Port Rd (feat. Queen P)
Hello My Beautiful World
Stand Where I’m Standing
Here and Now
Exclusive Fan Pre-sale commences 10:00am Monday 18 July
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General tickets on sale 10:00am Tuesday 19 July from www.holyholymusic.com/tour