Mess+Noise album review: The Holidays – ‘Post Paradise’, November 2010

An album review for Mess+Noise. Excerpt below.

The HolidaysPost Paradise

Somewhere between Cut Copy’s electro wonderland, Gypsy And The Cat’s soft rock, and Empire Of The Sun’s delusions of pop grandeur sits Post Paradise, the debut from Sydney’s The Holidays. Despite such reference points, the album somehow remains interesting. Put it down to the strength of the songs, which unerringly achieve that rare pop trifecta: accessibility, originality and memorability. Tony Espie, who’s worked with The Avalanches, Midnight Juggernauts and Cut Copy, has mixed the album, which may account for its overall slickness and sheen.

Favourite moments? The way the guitars intercut the vocal melody in ‘Broken Bones’; the ethereal introduction to ‘6AM’, which dissipates upon meeting the sound of an alarm clock and takes a right turn into tropical pop-land; the double-tracked phaser effect applied to the guitars in ‘2 Days’, and the joyous, nonsensical vocal hook in its chorus; and the seemingly effortless chillwave upon which ‘Conga’ rides (accompanied by bongos, widdly-widdly guitars and an incessant, sensual bass throb).

Full review at Mess+Noise. More of The Holidays on MySpace. The music video for ‘Golden Sky‘ is embedded below.

Comments? Below.
  1. Dunja Nedic says:

    Enjoyed reading your review Andrew, although I can’t for the life of me figure out where I know this band from. Possibly nowhere, or possibly there’s some kind of viral/subliminal marketing campaign that has me thinking I’ve heard of the Holidays every time I hear of the Holidays.

    Or maybe I’m just thinking of holidays.

  2. Darragh says:

    Dunja – you may be thinking of The Bank Holidays, another Australian band.


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