Common Holly / New single 'Measured'. Album Out 1st November.
Having just finished up a hugely successful tour of North America with Pinegrove and ahead of her brilliant new album, 'When I say to you Black Lightning', Common Holly shares new track ‘Measured’.
“Oh, I think we've been measured out for pain since birth,” she sings of her new-found cynicism of romantic relationships. The track - both sparse and confrontational – is extremely accomplished, showing an artist still on the rise and whose talons are razor sharp. You can hear the track in the player above or by clicking this link.
Common Holly AKA Montreal’s Brigitte Naggar first appeared a few years back with the surprisingly accomplished debut album, 'Playing House'. Holding fast to that record's honesty, her impending follow-up When I say to you Black Lightning is a look outward, and a submergence into the dark and dissonant with consolation found in harmony and dry humour. Like a ticking internal monologue, the nine labyrinthian yet catchy tracks observe the complexities of mental health, the precarity of life, and the challenges of finding strength in the face of grave misunderstanding.
Brigitte says of her new album, “This record isn’t one singular statement, it documents a period of growth. The songs were written mainly over two years and they all reflect potent moments from that time. While it’s obviously personal and based off of my own experience, I want this album to feel familiar— life gets complicated as we grow, people form relationships to each other, they lose things, they discover pain, fear, self-delusion; sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s weird, often it sucks—and we have to navigate our way through all of that.”
The first single to be released from the album - ‘Central Booking’ - was warmly received, picking up praise across a gamut of tastemakers including Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, The Line of Best Fit, Exclaim, Paste, Gorilla Vs Bear, The Wild Honey Pie and Consequence of Sound. The track was also named in The FADER’s best rock tracks last month.
'When I say to you Black Lightning' is released on November 1st 2019 via Dalliance Recordings in Europe. (Barsuk will be releasing in the US, Royal Mountain in Canada & Remote Control in Australia).
Praise for Common Holly's debut album, 'Playing House'
“…a seriously stunning piece of work that ought to put Common Holly on your radar.” / Stereogum
“It speaks of mountains and the land, it speaks of heart and soul and the heady rush of it all, and it does so in ways that often feel new, mesmerising, crushing.” / GoldFlakePaint
“…only the beginning of something great.” Brooklyn Vegan
“Common Holly? She’s anything but.” / DIY
“On Playing House, Common Holly provides the perfect soundtrack for when things are not as rosy as they initially appear.” / Alt Citizen
“…Montreal-based singer/songwriter Common Holly (AKA Brigitte Naggar) is an up-and-coming artist you don’t want to sleep on.” / BUST
'When I say to you Black Lightning'
Dalliance Recordings / DR1005
Release Date: November 1st 2019
Formats: Cassette, CD, LP, Ltd. LP
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