No Sophomore Slump For The Holy Coast

The Holy Coast has come to mean to me the band that saves me from late summertime blues. Last year they released their brilliant debut Tape Collective One and it was a wonderful late summer collection of songs to save your life. It turns out that this year is no different, they have released their second, self-title EP and it only steps up their game. In all honesty, if I had to choose one male vocal to “mancrush” on in the entire scene it would have to be that of Brett Davis’. Rising out of the ashes of Sister Cities, Brett Davis and Keith Walker drafted Braden McCall from Dead Wildlife to form The Holy Coast. With their second EP unleashed they take the sound they created on their debut and simply run into boundless ethereal beauty. The first night I listened to the new EP, I listened to it on an infinite loop at least ten times over and it was an amazing experience. I didn’t mean to do that, it just happened, accidentally, but I couldn’t stop it. This is just the right blend of classic electronica, dreamy vocals and traditional instruments that it recalls early New Order in a vague way, with the darkness intact.

The Holy Coast EP begins with “The Highest Love” a song so nice you get to hear it twice on this release. As the opener, it is no wonder that it gets a remix treatment at the end by Andy Rourke of The Smiths–and also, that’s super fucking cool. Granted “The Highest Love” or at least the intro, reminds me of another song I can’t place, but it well may be a song I dreamt of happening–either way, it’s one of the most engaging head plays I’ve heard in a while. Look, I’m a lyrical enthusiast, but I can’t even keep track of what is going down here lyrically, because this song is so fucking beautiful and amazing that the lyrics are simply added brushstrokes on an already beautiful painting. That’s not exactly true. The lyrics are fucking beautiful too. “Hands Down” continues this “feel” they have found and it reminds me of the way bands like Luna and Galaxie 500 once made me feel. Again, it’s not necessarily the lyrics, but Davis’ voice combined with the gauzy instrumentation maintains an atmosphere that massages my brain with dreams of rainy days and umbrella comfort. It moves me for the movement itself and I find myself standing safe in heavy weather.

“The Space You Haunt” is as eerily chilling as its title suggests. Davis’ voice is brought in and out with various fades and it evokes a loss within the heart and a healing over time. It is one of the most chilling tracks here, but one that speaks a thousand truths. We move on to “I Wrote You” which has to be one of the most achingly beautiful songs of the year, within the realm of electronic dance music or not–this is something that aches of pain and love and it’s execution is perfect. Meanwhile, “Fighting” is clearly the choice for “Second Single” status. This song , along with “The Highest Love” stick in my head for days on end. They start strong and they end strong and there is no filler inbetween, The EP finishes with the aforementioned remix of “The Highest Love” by The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke alongside OlĂ© Koretsky known as JETLAG NYC. It is a beautiful, fantastic end to an EP that contains almost to much power for its own good. I can’t stop listening to it over again, so why don’t you have a turn at it below.