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Common Holly (real name Brigitte Naggar) has come a long away since self-releasing her debut album Playing House back in 2016. It quickly stirred up buzz, helping Brigitte ink a deal with Solitaire Recordings, who gave the album a wider release in 2017, which is when the Montreal artist started to catch on in the U.S. The album’s folk and jazz-pop vibes gained Common Holly more than a few comparisons to fellow Canadian Feist, but on its new followup — and Barsuk Records debut — “When I say to you Black Lightning”, she is taking her sound into much different territories. This time around, the first comparison that comes to mind is Julia Holter, but really she is just continuing to carve a unique space for herself. Instead of folk and jazz-pop, Black Lightning takes Common Holly’s sound in more atmospheric and more experimental art-pop directions than ever before.

It’s both more complex and more gorgeous sounding, and despite it being a more experimental album, it’s just as accessible as the debut. Brigitte herself says the album “documents a period of growth,” and that’s obvious just from listening to it. The album was made over a two-year period, which is sort of a long time in our fast-paced, short-attention-span world, but when you make artistic leaps like Common Holly did on Black Lightning, it’s worth the wait.

Common Holly’s Album “When I say to you Black Lightning” out October 18th.

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Born in New York and raised in Montreal, Common Holly (AKA Brigitte Naggar) puts unpredictable compositional elements into a singer-songwriter/folk framework, packaged in textured, eclectic electro-acoustic production. Playing House contemplates the notion that it is conscious thought and deliberate action that defines and cements maturation from child to adult.

There’s a deceptive simplicity to the album’s sparse arrangements and an ephemeral hue to her voice – all of which add a haunting atmospheric quality to her melancholic, deliciously dark contemporary indie-folk songs. Common Holly brings you to a cabin by the lakeside, a desert, and, of course, internalized emotions.
“I am the lizard slinking through the valley of regret.”

All songs and lyrics written by Brigitte Naggar 
All songs performed by Brigitte Naggar & Devon Bate
Additional Instrumentation: 
Piano on ‘Lullaby’ played by Jean-Michel Blais 
Drums on Track 1, 4 & 7 played by Kyle Hutchins 
Guitar on ‘If After All’ played by Steven Whitely 
Violin played by Amelia Castillo
Cello played by Laurence Gaudreau

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SXSW Music Day 4 Highlights: Common Holly, Soccer Mommy, Ought, Porches

The Montreal band led by Brigitte Naggar is as bewitching live as they are on record. Naggar is flanked by a cello player and drummer, and her delivery is dauntless. The songs off her debut album, Playing House are flat out beautiful. Naggar is snarky yet charming at every turn and we’re excited for what comes next for her group, which they signed with Toronto’s Seal Mountain Records this week.

Montreal’s Common Holly is a new indie rock act that combined jagged guitars with smooth welcoming vocals to build a charming debut on her record Playing House in October of 2017. The release got a good bit of love from some cool media outlets, and was released digitally by Solitaire Recordings, but somehow I only discovered it recently, but entranced by a single listen.

But I’m not the only one who has been noticing. Common Holly have now announced that they’re signed to Seal Mountain Records, who released our Oso Oso’s yunahon mixtape last year. Seal Mountain will be pressing the record to vinyl for the first time.