Holygram - Modern Cults (2x 12" Vinyl)
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Released on: 11/09/2018
886922874017 - Weight: 615g
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Music for the lost: HOLYGRAM‘s music blends post-punk and new wave with Krautrock and
shoegaze elements into a headstrong, multi-layered and thoroughly contemporary homage to the
sound of the 1980s, including a resolute look to the future: driving, dark and full of catchy moments.
The wide range of influences of the five band members, who got together in Cologne’s vibrating
musical landscape in 2015, are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU!. Their unpretentious
approach to their own icons proves that references to the past must always be future-oriented, too.
Previously impossible-to-combine elements come together cleverly to become the soundtrack of a
city that appears threatening in the twilight.
The band who always wrap themselves in dense wafts of mist and cool lighting on stage have
played numerous festivals, such as the Mailfeld Derby, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and New Waves Day
and accompanied British act OMD on their 2017 European tour. This fall HOLYGRAM are set to
embark on an extensive support tour with VNV Nation through Europe and the US to introduce
their debut album Modern Cults live.
The recording takes up where their self-titled 2016 EP left off and intensifies HOLYGRAM‘s con-
templation of themes such as big cities, alienation and anonymity, hope and memories, love and
identity: These constant reflections always interact closely with the band’s unmistakable sonic
guise. The atmosphere oscillates between the brutal sounds of the big city and the fragility of
the people that lose themselves in it – intelligently observed scenarios of a world falling apart in
which individuals have long ceased to play a leading role. The eleven songs were created over
the past few years and some of them have already been tested in a live context. Numbers such
as the title track Modern Cults or the spherical Still There follow their protagonist on a nocturnal
trip through clubs, flashbacks, run-down neighbourhoods and the abysses of the human psyche.
The diversity of the cityscape as a reflection of the people who live in it seems like an Ariadne‘s
thread that the five musicians offer to their listeners to help them navigate this broad stylistic
range. Because HOLYGRAM don’t see themselves as representatives of a specific genre.
Melancholy walls of guitar sounds (Distant Light) interchange with uplifting bass runs (Hideaway),
chilly synthesizers meet stoically driving rhythms and together make up the projection screen for
the ambivalent stories that HOLYGRAM tell in their music. While 1997 wanders through forgotten
places in a broken-up relationship, the song She’s like the sun is an ironic confrontation with the
failure to achieve unreachable targets. Autobiographical elements blend with fiction, the past
melts into the present and they all become a simultaneously oppressive yet hopeful vision of
human (co-) existence: a person caught in the mist of their own dreams at the intersection of
outer and inner world, between fiction and reality.
||Into The Void
||Dead Channel Skies
||She's Like The Sun
||Signals (Chris Knipp Remix)
||Modern Cults (Blind Delon Remix)
||She´s Like The Sun (The Foreign Resort Remix)
||Distant Light (Dawn Amer - Verheissung Mix)
||Daria (Ash Code Remix)
||Signals (TRAITRS - Mould In The Mother Remix)
||A Faction (Ouchéne Remix)
||Hideaway (Dreamed by Box And The Twins)
||Odd Neighbourhood (Tobias S Remix)
||Still There (Wires & Lights Remix)
||Acceleration (Seasurfer Remix)
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