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Wild Pink songwriter John Ross has shared “Holopaw”, his second album as Eerie Gaits. Ross grew up near the Florida town that shares this album’s name, which has a population of less than 5,000 people. It follows his 2017 full-length Bridge Music, and while both are warm, guitar-based instrumental albums that fold in ambient elements, Holopaw adds percussion and feels more expansive. It’s the perfect fusion of mystical and meaningful. The Wild Pink leader John Ross is releasing another album of instrumentals under the name Eerie Gaits. It’s called Holopaw, and today Ross follows lead single What’s Eating You with another new track called “Saw You Through The Trees.” This one’s short and sweet, beginning as a study in flickering beauty and ending like some snappy old Sufjan Stevens instrumental or, like, Architecture In Helsinki.

Holopaw is out 4/10 via sound as language.

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While you might know John Ross as the frontman of the band Wild Pink, he’s also got quite an impressive body of solo work under the moniker Eerie Gaits. After releasing two EPs, his dreamy full-length debut, 2017’s Bridge Music, floored us. He turned back to Wild Pink for a while afterwards, for the stunning Yolk In The Fur album in 2018 — one of the best albums of that year — and the 5 Songs EP last March. But now, Ross is ready to delve back into his solo territory. Today, he is announcing the latest Eerie Gaits album, which is called “Holopaw”. The name is taken from a town that Ross grew up near, and it’s expected for release in mid-April.

To sweeten the announcement, Ross is sharing the album’s excellent lead single. “What’s Eating You” falls in the same ambient indie rock vibe that much of his work has traversed. It’s a bit more Wild Pink-like than anything else we’ve heard from Ross’s solo endeavors. Grounded by a plucky bassline and glimmering guitars but incorporating some roomy drums and zig-zagging synths, everything comes together here for a blissful effect. The track concludes with some atmospheric crickets and birds as the synth melody evaporates into a warbling ruckus.

Eerie Gaits ‘Holopaw’ out April 2020 on sound as language records