Painting a hypnotic swirl of lush vocals over down-tuned
riffs and steady rhythms, Hollow Sunshine’s debut album
brings together deep tuning with melodic undertones and a
garage recording for a unique mix of warmly familiar elements.
The balance of blown-out sludge, narcotic drone
and pop sensibilities is an unlikely combination, yet the
contrast between heaviness and catchiness, with mesmerizing
vocals providing a calm and consistent drift throughout,
sets the band well apart from contemporaries.
Held Above is Hollow Sunshine’s first full-length and
most realized vision after several EP releases. The album’s
nine tracks were recorded by the band—vocalist Morgan
Enos and guitarist / songwriter Reuben Sawyer—and mastered
by James Plotkin, aiming for a soothing “lo” fidelity
with clarity preserved. An artist renowned for his work via
Rainbath Visual, Sawyer also conceived the stark imagery
for the cover, which is screen-printed on colored paper by
Broken Press. Initial press of 700 copies; includes a complimentary
high-quality digital download.