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Holy Wave Share New Single & Video “The Darkest Timeline (featuring Lorelle Meets The Obsolete)” – New Album Out This Friday via Suicide Squeeze

August 2, 2023
Photo credit: James Oswald
 

HOLY WAVE

New single & video “The Darkest Timeline (featuring Lorelle Meets The Obsolete”
New album ‘Five of Cups’ out this week on Suicide Squeeze!
European & UK tour dates

With their forthcoming album ‘Five of Cups’ out this Friday on Suicide Squeeze Records, Holy Wave share a final pre-release track and video, “The Darkest Timeline”, with Lorelle Meets The Obsolete adding ethereal vocals to the band’s distinctive heady atmospherics

The band’s Ryan Fuson comments: “We had been working on this song since the pandemic and had recorded an original version with Kyle singing. Sometime during the pandemic, we asked Lorelle Meets the Obsolete to add some stuff, and you hear the version with all of us in it. It was our first time writing a song with someone outside the band singing, and it felt so fresh and exciting. It is not the last time you will hear of a collaboration between us.”

Speaking on the accopanying video, he adds: “We had initially wanted to do a visualizer with some footage of us playing the song, but as we started filming it and concepts like focusing only on hands started forming, we realized that we were going to have to make a full video; it was going to be too hard only to use a few seconds of the footage we got. We filmed all our parts here in Austin, TX, and Lorelle did their parts in Ensenada, MX.”

We are just days away from what really is one of the most anticipated album releases to hit 2023. Holy Wave has been dropping these remarkable creations with this lasting hypnotic trait, evident in the last track and taste from the album. Holy Wave are instrumental in providing such intoxicating landscapes and the new track and collaboration with Lorelle Meets The Obsolete solidifies that infectious quality whilst the outfit explores more experimental textures and immersive rhythms. The melody directs this voyage and keeps you fixated.

In tarot readings, the Five of Cups card signifies loss and grief. Depicting a cloaked figure with a bowed head looming over three spilled chalices while ignoring two remaining vessels, the Five of Cups is generally interpreted as representing a forlorn dwelling on the past and an inability to appreciate the positive things in the present. It was this card that struck a chord with Ryan Fuson, member of the Austin TX subversive subterranean pop outfit Holy Wave, during a Tarot reading at the height of the pandemic. “I was really sure that the music world was finished and it seemed like internet aggression and, well, aggression in general was at an all-time high, so I was ready to stop playing music,” Fuson says. “It could be so easy to become jaded and pessimistic and I had to really decide what perspective I was going to take.” Rather than abandon music, Fuson and his compatriots chose to immerse themselves in their work. Fittingly, the Tarot card became the muse for Holy Wave’s sixth full-length album—‘Five of Cups’.
 
Back at the beginning of their career, Holy Wave leaned into a tranquil realm of psychedelia, eschewing long-form jams and guitar heroics for a dreamy pop-oriented approach. As the band evolved, the early Sgt. Peppers-meets-the-Velvets sound yielded to more sophisticated melodies and tripped-out instrumentation, effectively steering their music away from sun-bleached nostalgia to a colour-saturated dimension where sounds of the past, present, and future intermingled.

The childhood friends of Fuson, Joey Cook, Kyle Hager, and Julian Ruiz grew up in El Paso, where they cut their teeth in the local DIY scene. Hungry for more music and broader perspectives, the members made frequent road trips across the Southwest to catch touring bands who opted to skip West Texas markets. That wanderlust eventually prompted their relocation to Austin, but it also permeated in their adventurous songwriting and love for touring. No small surprise then that these aural explorers felt that a whole way of life was taken from them with the onset of the pandemic. But on ‘Five of Cups’, it sounds as if the physical limitations of quarantine life prompted Holy Wave to wander even deeper into new sonic territories.
 
As with the Tarot card from which it got its name, ‘Five of Cups’ is an acknowledgement of hardship and a reminder to embrace the joys available to us. And like early ‘70s Pink Floyd, Holy Wave have figured out how to conjure a sense of profound exhilaration out of pathos, filtering dark elements through a lens and bending them into a kaleidoscope of light.


 
Holy Wave’s ‘Five of Cups’ will be released via Suicide Squeeze on CD/LP/DSP on August 4, 2023. Holy Wave will tour Europe this winter – dates below.
 

Holy Wave European live dates:
Nov 7 Lille, FR – L’Aéronef
Nov 8 Groningen, NL – Vera
Nov 9 Copenhagen, DK – Stengade
Nov 10 Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus
Nov 11 Halle, DE – Huhnermanhattan
Nov 12 Prague, CZ – Cafe V Lese
Nov 13 Munich, DE – Milla
Nov 16 Bucharest, RO – Control Club
Nov 17 Belgrade, SE – Dom Onladine
Nov 19 Zagreb, HR – Vintage Industrial
Nov 21 Lyon, FR – Le Sonic
Nov 22 Barcelona, ES – Sala Upload
Nov 23 San Sebastian, ES – Dabadaba
Nov 24 Madrid, ES – Wurlitzer Ballroom
Nov 28 Vigo, ES – Kominski
Nov 30 Bordeaux, FR – Allez Les Filles
Dec 1 Paris, FR – Point Ephemere
Dec 2 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Dec 3 The Hague, NL – Hink Festival
Dec 4 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Dec 6 Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
Dec 7 Bristol, UK – Crofters Rights
Dec 8 Manchester, UK – YES
Dec 9 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Dec 10 Newcastle, UK – Cluny 2
Dec 11 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 12 London, UK – Moth Club

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