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ARTIST
TITLE
Under The Town
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WOOME 006CD WOOME 006CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/19/2007

"Like her first collection of songs, On Night, Holly made Under The Town with producer Tony Dupe at his house on Saddleback Mountain on the New South Wales south coast of Australia over the summer. But other things are different. The songs still come from a thoughtful and quiet place, but on Under The Town they are orchestrated with richer detail and more colors. Holly (guitars) was helped in this by Tony (piano, bouzouki, clarinet, trumpet), Jens Birchall (cello, double bass), label mate Jack Ladder (bass) and Bree van Reyk (drums). And this time, Tony and Holly closed the cottage windows so you can't hear the birds and insects outside. The songs on Under The Town are strong and clear, alive with crisp detail and carefully wrought melodies. Holly is a songwriter who selects her words with a poet's precision; and conjures her imagery with a painterly eye. The words are sparse and well chosen, but build rich little worlds. There's darkness here, and images in sharp focus: dim things in a pond, crows in a bed, a heart like an apple (red round and shot), kids in the dust. But there's also humour and playfulness in the instrumentation and the intricate arrangements: from toy piano ('The Shoulders and Bends') to chopsticks drumming on a window sill ('Making A Fire'), to beautiful string flourishes ('If We Go Easy'). These are songs by an artist in sure command of her delicate craft, an artistic leap forward from her highly praised debut."