Holly Walker is quite simply a poet who uses clean and uncomplicated music to punctuate her insightful and sharp lyrical observations. She is a literary guerrilla striking from the inside of music and life to highlight with wit and wonderful flair the world of the artist and us. Easy to relate to and even easier to be captivated by the debut EP from Holly Bedroom Bangers, is immense and easily one of the most striking and thoroughly enjoyable releases this year so far.
The EP unveils four new songs from the artist and brings her skills as a trained pianist and striking lyricist into an additional blend of restless lo-fi beats to create a hypnotic minimal aural breath. Imagine a mix of John Cooper Clarke with Young Marble Giants and a splash of the likes of Lily Allen and you get a flavour of the stunning talent of Holly Walker. She brings a pied piper effect with her music, the EP from its start having an immediate pull and irresistible lure and by its end leaves you needing to follow her music anywhere.
Opening track Modern Life begins on a single repeated piano note before slowly spreading its fingers for a catchy grip of the ear whilst Holly stalks those supposedly in the know with their own recommendations and words though the lyrics can just as easily be read for our own personal cyber endeavours and lives. Simply piano and voice with rhythmic rattles of beats and a persistently underlying muted bass like pulse, the song hooks the senses with the fullest power and addiction whilst lighting up thoughts and pleasures.
The following Penelope ignites the senses next to cause an even more viral infection upon the heart. With a slightly livelier pulse but still beautifully uncluttered the song sways and teases to send inner and outer smiles to their wider and fuller climax. With flushes of strings weaving throughout the song and lyrics again sparkling with a mischievous grin it is vocally where Holly really captures the imagination, her delivery seizing her words to thrust them forward with at times military precision and always with an enchanting and spicy clarity.
Third song Sterile Facile badgers and jabs the ear with initial beats and a feistier energy. The song reminds of eighties post punk band Au Pairs and brings the realisation of who Holly reminded of in previous songs, Lesley Woods from the same band. With a higher bounce than the other songs on the EP the track whips up the emotions into a near frenzy of swinging and frenetic energy.
Panic Beats Panic closes the EP with the most emotive essence of all the songs, its personal melodic heartbeat an easy compelling wrap for feelings and thoughts. It finishes the release with the same irrepressible and siren like hold which enveloped from within the other songs whilst bringing a further diversity to the release.
Bedroom Bangers released on her own Hungry Bird Records, is wonderful, a real pleasure to walk the summer hand in hand with. Intelligent, witty, and completely infectious this is the one release you need to have this summer and Holly Walker the one artist to follow closely.