Athens psych-rockers Holy Monitor release their eagerly awaited third album Southern Lights via Blackspin Records/Primitive Music, an astonishing and affecting follow up to their 2020 critically acclaimed EP release, This Desert Land.
After sharing “The Sky Is Falling Down” and “Naked In The Rain”, they are now offering another preview of what’s to come with a new single called “Blue Whale”.
The Greek quintet’s latest single, “Blue Whale” is a lofty pop effort filled with warm and comforting reverb-drenched guitars. Holy Monitor deal exclusively in hypnotic ambience and utopian soundscapes.
The album is opening with the “River” slowly building up into a powerful, repetitive groove backbeat swirling within through proggy keys and gentle tender vocals.
The near-eight-minute epic “The Sky Is Falling Down” is charged with swirling bass lines trapped in a cyclonic whirlwind of fuzzed-out guitar riffs.
Holy Monitor is a psychedelic rock quintet whose sound incorporates elements of krautrock, space rock and ambient music. The band’s reverb-soaked vocals crawl beneath waves of pulsating minimal rhythms, while fuzz driven guitars and proggy keys create a hypnotic sonic ambience.
Holy Monitor were founded in Athens, Greece during the summer of 2015 by guitarist Stefanos Mitsis, singer/guitarist George Nikas, keyboardist Vangelis Mitsis, bassist Alex Bolpasis and drummer Dimitris Doumouliakas. Over the course of a short period of time, they release the EP’s “Golden Light” and “Aeolus” by Ongakubaka Records.
In 2016 they start recording their first full-length self-titled album which is released in February 2017 by the Greek independent label Blackspin/Primitive Music. Their critically acclaimed debut is followed by intense live performing, sharing the stage with established psych-rock bands like The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips and Kikagaku Moyo.
Their sophomore album “II” comes next year introducing a heavier, droning spaced out sound from rhythmic krautrock to blissed-out space rock and on into modern-day psych permutations. Self-released EP’s “Ghost” and “This Desert Land” follow, signifying a new era for the band with a focus on jamming and experimenting, contributing a slight shift in their sound and leading to the band’s most focused record yet, 2021’s live recorded “Southern Lights”.
[Blackspin – Primitive Music]
Format: Red/White Swirl Vinyl (LP), Digital
Naked In The Rain
The Sky Is Falling Down
Under The Sea