Friday, August 12, 2005

Critical Condition: Holopaw

Boy, Amanda Petrusich sure does love Holopaw; she's now raved about their new album, Quit +/or Fight, in not one, but two high-profile publications: Pitchfork Media and Paste Magazine. From her four-and-a-half-star review in Paste:

Like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Quit +/or Fight flirts with perfection, a cohesive collection of all-too-fleeting pleasures.

High praise indeed. And I can understand why. I've been spinning the new album for about a week now, and it's an extraordinary and extraordinarily baffling collection. Imagine 70's folk music as interpreted by Wilco, with generous doses of The Shins and Iron & Wine added in for good measure, and you might have a pretty good idea of Holopaw's spacious, atmospheric sound.

Lyrically, these guys are terrifically puzzling. Their songs take bits of fractured, found poetry and patch them together into a tapestry of riddles and abstract images. I'd be lying if I told you I had any idea what it all meant, but, like the aforementioned Wilco album, Holopaw's record gives me the feeling that there's definite meaning to be found within all these enigmas, and I look forward to spending time dissecting this album to unravel its mysteries.

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