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Holm Shares New Single ‘Intelligent Moves’- Taken From New Solo Album ‘Why Don’t You Dance’, due 12th November via PNKSLM Recordings

September 28, 2021
Photo credit: Daniel Hjort

HOLM

Shares new single ‘Intelligent Moves’

New album ‘Why Don’t You Dance’

Due 12th November via PNKSLM Recordings

Danish songwriter and frontman of indie-rock band YungMikkel Holm Silkjær aka Holm, has shared new single ‘Intelligent Moves’, taken from his debut solo album ‘Why Don’t You Dance‘, due 12th November via PNKSLM Recordings.

Following on from August’s barroom stormer ‘Back Home’, Silkjær’s latest offering finds him at his equally rasping best, as angular guitar tones and ethereal piano melodies fizz and ferment underneath his signature, self-reflecting verbal conundrums.

Often I find myself repeating the same routines, week in and week out. Through repetition I’ve settled and come to terms with life as is has presented itself to me,” says Silkjær.

“At the time Intelligent Moves was conceived I found myself in a strange state where I had just started to realise that my own self-perception was the cause of me neglecting the importance of my own wellbeing. Detaching yourself from a naive or toxic perception of life can, for a number of reasons, be incredibly hard, but nonetheless very important, in order to move forward towards a more sustainably way of dealing with everyday life. The song title and the lyrics in Intelligent Moves contemplate these thoughts.”

PNKSLM · Holm – "Intelligent Moves"

Holm strives to bring this authenticity to their vision whilst still bringing in this melancholic movement within their tone and delivery. “Intelligent Moves” offers this raw arrangement filled with expression and a deeply moving journey. The deep baritone vocal notes emerge and with them draws this emotional upheaval, we feel and embrace the affection the lyrics bring to the ensemble. Holm adds this intimacy within the lyrical movement which as in previous work offers this clear visual influence into the creation. This real 90’s alternative energy emits from this complex composition.

The low-end tonality that Holm flawlessly executes throughout can find similarities to that of Michael Stipe fused with Orville Peck, yet distinctly their own. The arrangement offers this intense thurst of the instrumentation that delves into passages of complexities that shines a light on the fact Holm has set out to write the most devastatingly beautiful songs with a wealth of affection.

Why Don’t You Dance is set to arrive at the end of what’s been a whirlwind year for Silkjær; the band he fronts, Yung, put out their long-in-the-works second full-length, Ongoing Dispute, to rave reviews back in January. The album’s title hinted at the sometimes tricky group dynamic, something he doesn’t have to deal with when he works as Holm. “It’s like being in a relationship, only you have three partners,” he laughs of the band. “When I write songs for Holm, I’m single! It feels like a playground; to me, it’s all about having fun.”

It sounds that way, too; Why Don’t You Dance is a gleefully varied guitar-pop record that veers between styles, from the fizzing energy of ‘Descending’ and opener ‘Intelligent Moves’ to the gorgeously melodic ‘Like a Dog’ and ‘The Rope’, via the stately introspection of tracks like ‘K’s Choice’ and ‘Back Home’. Recorded by Yung bandmate Tobias Guldborg Tarp (who co-produced alongside Neil Robert Young), Why Don’t You Dance is the sound of Silkjær stepping away from his group’s predilection for taut rock and roll and instead embracing a different side of his musical personality, one defined by his sharp ear for a hook, as well as – crucially – his burgeoning ability as an expressive lyricist.

“I’d never included a lyric sheet with anything I’d ever done until Ongoing Dispute,” he explains. “I’d never felt confident enough in my writing. But when I finished that record, I’d realised how important my lyrics are to my songs, so I decided that for these Holm tracks, I’d be as brutally honest as I could with them. It was intimidating; I tuck a lot of things away in life. I’m not somebody who shares a lot naturally. These are the most honest words I’ve ever written, and I’m nervous about exposing myself with them, but the process was very therapeutic. I learned a lot about myself.”

Silkjær has been in prolific form this year; as well as releasing albums both with Yung and as Holm, he’s set to head into the studio with the former already recording their next LP, whilst demoing is well underway for a second Holm full-length, which he aims to begin recording in December. The real reward, though, will come when he can finally return to the road; the exhilaration of his early solo shows, including a memorable pair of London gigs, was a huge factor in inspiring him onwards to pursue Holm more seriously. “The early touring I did was how I developed not just as musician, but as a human being,” he says. “This life we’ve all been living for more than a year now; it doesn’t feel like the one I want. I miss talking to people, I miss hugging people, I miss sweaty shows, and I can’t wait to get back to it. But I’ve come to value making albums, too, and hopefully one day, when I’m an old man, I can pull out a stack of records that I made with my friends, and be proud of them. That’s what it’s all about.”

Tracklist:

1. Intelligent Moves
2. Valley of Dreams
3. The Rope
4. K’s Choice
5. Intermezzo
6. Like a Dog
7. Descending
8. Back Home
9. Erase & Repeat
10. Why Don’t You Dance?

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