Holopaw - Holopaw
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  • Summary: This Gainesville, Fla.-based five-piece band, which mixes indie rock and alt-country with a bit of electronica, features John Orth, who also appeared on the 2002 release by the Modest Mouse side project Ugly Casanova. Brian Deck produces.
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  1. 90
    Repeated listening reveals Holopaw to be both a richly textured and profoundly moving record, one of the year's first truly mesmerizing folk albums.
  2. A lesson in subtlety, 10 songs of abstract musical impressions that foil today's connect-the-dots pop.
  3. Holopaw's cover art and Depression-era script logo might be indie-folk standard issue, but the music contained within is a refreshing, effective new use of the boundaries: a wood-paneled Powerbook.
  4. Its ten tracks wend their way through a forest of oblique metaphors, kaleidoscopically fractured images and alt-country instrumentation, their path lit only by the wounding fragility of Orth's voice.
  5. The subtle mix of acoustic instruments with warm electric washes gives Holopaw's songs a surprising amount of depth.
  6. That's not to say that Holopaw isn't good, because it is -- it's ethereal and earthy -- but it's definitely not a record to listen to while you're, say, cleaning your house or on a road trip.
  7. For a debut album, this is extremely strong.

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  1. Jul 2, 2013
    5
    This is a record dedicated to one type of people, I'm not that type. Its too slow, almost making me fall asleep. Nice to listen to, but no more than once. Expand

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