Release Date: November 11
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HOLLANDS is rock ‘n roll infused with folk leanings, orchestral pop, plugged in violins, shouting, sighing; learning. Arcade Fire cursed with Dylan’s New Morning playing Scrabble with Joy Division.
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist John-Paul Norpoth (the son of a classical flautist) and violinist Jannina Norpoth (the daughter of Detroit based avant-garde jazz guitarist Spencer Barefield), carry on the torch of family tradition combining fuzzy guitars with orchestral arrangements, electric violin and traditional folk nods. As described by The Village Voice’s Christopher Weingarten, “freak-poppers Hollands are a cheery mix of folk, punk, and free-noise… Think Yoshimi – era Flaming Lips, with folk that’s torn between ’90 “anti-” and ’00s “Freak-.”
The duo has lent their skills to other artist’s musical aspirations as well. Recording credit’s include collaborations with Daryl Hall, Akron/Family, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Selah Sue, Black Dahlia Murder and Your 33 Black Angels. Jannina has performed on stage with countless acts such as My Brightest Diamond, DM Stith, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Pharrell, Foxy Brown, Alexi Murdoch, Anita Baker, Sheila E, Boyz II Men, Micheal McDonald and Amy Grant. She has appeared on VH-1’s “Save the Music” and Saturday Night Live. Together, Jannina and John-Paul currently work recording and arranging strings for legendary producer Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis at Platinum Sound in New York City and have worked with artists including John Legend, Shaggy, and Amber Riley.
“The unpredictably of the lyrics becomes provocative poetry when sung over instrumentals that have been laid out with such compositional intent.” – Relix Magazine
“pounding drums, driving/distorted guitar/violin/cello – gritty” – Earmilk
“wandering, sing-speak vocals against varying backgrounds of alt rock/folk rock, and dark post-punk with effective and understated strings” – All Music
“New York City’s HOLLANDS opened the show and played what they call Dutch pop. It was a richly dynamic set a la Wilco, but with more pizzazz.” – Rochester City Newspaper