HOLYGRAM’s new album Modern Cults. Comprised of eleven tracks, this album will be released on CD and double vinyl, as well as digitally via Cleopatra Records in North America and Oblivion / SPV in Europe on November 9th. We’re also pleased to announce that today the band kicks off their 40-date tour of Europe and North America with electronic buzz artist VNV Nation.
Produced by Maurizio Baggio, who also produced The Soft Moon’s Deeper and Criminal albums, this is the first major release for the Cologne, Germany-based outfit since their 2016 self-titled EP. With the obvious references to such bands as Jesus & Mary Chain, The Chameleons, Clan of Xymox, and Section 25, there is something incredibly enticing about a band who so seamlessly combines New Wave, post-punk, Krautrock, darkwave, and shoegaze. The result is a heady dose of reverberating ecstasy.
HOLYGRAM is comprised of Patrick Blümel (vocals), Sebastian Heer (drums), Marius Lansing (guitars), Pilo Lenger (synthesizers), and Bennett Reimann (bass). Formed in 2015, the band’s approach to making music references the past, while remaining future-oriented. Hard-to-combine elements cleverly come together to become the soundtrack of a city that can appear mysterious and ominous in the twilight.
The new video underlines the themes HOLYGRAM explores on this album – large urban spaces, alienation and anonymity, hope and memories, love and identity. These reflections interact closely with the band’s unmistakable signature sound. A drifting atmosphere oscillates between the brutal sounds of the big city and the fragility of the people who lose themselves in it – intelligently observed scenarios of a world falling apart in which individuals have long ceased to play a leading role.
“Faction” is cloaked in a New Wave guise that belies emotionally torn lyrics, elevating the deeply melancholy chorus (“Sometimes when I close my eyes I see you walk away / And every time the sun comes up the feeling is the same”) to a pop-like anthem, illustrating that in this world people are only cogs in a much bigger, increasingly autonomous machine.
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