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Common Holly releases experimental new track “If After All”

18 July 2017, 19:02 | Written by Erin Bashford

Montreal-based artist Common Holly’s newest cut “If After All” is a trilogy of infectious guitars, luscious vocal, and grief-stricken lyrics.

The first section is a soft nod to acoustic artists such as Laura Marling, Feist, and Alexandra Savior, introducing the track with calm licks of guitar and a lush vocal. As the tune evolves, there’s something of Angel Olsen in the second, string-heavy section. Yet with no warning, the instrumental becomes brutally polyrhythmic, reminiscent of Pablo Honey or OK Computer-era Radiohead, with something of Mitski in the succulent vocal.

“If After All” is gloriously experimental, showcasing Common Holly’s undeniable ear for comprehensive melodies and tangible emotion.

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"Compositionally and lyrically, "If After All" flirts with a range of feeling; it is tired, coy, frustrated and then resigned," says Common Holly of the track. "The truth is that as hard as I try to learn from my demons it seems that I am destined to fall into old habits, or at least this was my experience as my younger adult self in a serious and long-term relationship, faced with the most real and harshest version of me".

“If After All” is taken from the forthcoming album Playing House out late 2017.

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