Published Sep 28, 2009On November 3, Gainesville, FL six-piece Holopaw will release their third album, Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness. via Bakery Outlet.
Fans of Holopaw likely discovered the group due to singer John Orth's connection to Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock. The pair were both members of Ugly Casanova, a short-lived group that issued one well-received album, the Sub Pop-released Sharpen Your Teeth, in 2002.
Admittedly, Holopaw's latest material sounds nothing like Ugly Cassanova, but nobody is likely to be disappointed by the sweeping new single, "The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion." Featuring sawing strings, rich harmonies and showcasing Orth's otherworldly vibrato, it introduces the Little Stallion, a character who apparently reappears throughout Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness. To download the track, click here.
The rest of the album promises to be equally far-reaching, with its lush arrangements including violin, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, pedal steel, organ, accordion, piano, cello, clavinet, pianet and rhodes.
The songs were recorded by Jeremy Scott (Woods, Vivian Girls) over a one year period. Isaac Brock has already lent his support to the group, saying in the press release that Orth sings with "a quivering, liquid voice and lyrics that make you feel like you're standing there and smelling the air of all four seasons."
Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness.:
1. "The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion"
2. "Black Lacquered Shame"
3. "Boys on Motorbikes"
4. "Cherry Glow"
5. "The Conductor and the Hobbyist (Avalanche)"
6. "The Last Transmission (Honeybee)"
7. "The Lazy Matador"
8. "Little Stallion with a Glass Jaw"
9. "Oh, Glory"
11. "Snow-packed Hush"