HOLOPAW: Academy Songs, Volume 1: LP

Holopaw is a grandiose indie band from Gainesville, Florida. The music is airy and light as if recorded on a bed of clouds. Imagine Broken Social Scene or more recent Modest Mouse. (Trivia: singer of Modest Mouse, Issac Brock, wrote an album with Holopaw’s John Orth.) The album is derivative of genre expectations: the rough edges have all been neatly filed, the guitars sound like a wisp, the vocals rarely peak past a soft murmur, the drums pack no punch. It’s all pleasant and serene. The sort of songs that don’t demand attention, but instead linger in the background. Perfect for a spin while napping on a hammock with a cold glass of lemonade.

 –Sean Arenas (Misra, [email protected])