June 29, 2020 – This week, Austin psychedelic dream-pop band, Holy Wave release their fifth LP ‘Interloper.’ The record’s blueprint reveals a heady brew of synth-heavy, psyched-out harmonies perfect for your next kite flying adventure. Holy Wave’s unorthodox compositions defy the verse-chorus-verse conventions of everyday pop, unless you subscribe to the Brian Wilson school of dude-groovery.
Shrewd listeners may hear swirling reverberations of Atlas Sound and Pink Floyd. Wash that down with a gulp of Neu!-tinged cough syrup and you have Holy Wave’s ‘Interloper’, available on splatter or white vinyl. Your choice, Daddio. Choose wisely.
Holy Wave’s unorthodox compositions defy the verse-chorus-verse conventions of everyday pop, unless you subscribe to the Brian Wilson school of dude-groovery
Without question, ‘Interloper’ is the product of expert engineering; however, this album shines when the band emerges, un-obscured by clouds, sinking into bass-driven psych outs. Interloper is a deliberate, if not slightly ungainly, collection of 10 new tracks. Openers, “Schmetterling” and “R&B” invoke a tamer impala, gently pacing into the Floydian title-track, “Interloper”. Each track builds to the album’s pulsing, easy-to-reach peak, “I’m not Living in the Past Anymore”. Side two’s, “Hell Bastards” is Interloper’s best, my favorite track, and destined for college airwaves and hip-cat webcasts.
Retro psych futurists, Holy Wave are the band of the present. Dig on jump-cuts, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9. RIYL: Deerhunter, Pink Floyd, Neu!, and all things Levitation. Available on Reverberation Appreciation Society on July 3, 2020.