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Feels like yesterday that many of us were just meeting Mitski for the first time, that all-American girl sucking face with her hand while a totally unanticipated grunge-guitar chorus roused us from the somnambulistic acoustic ballad she was wooing us with. It’s a very similar energy that recently also introduced many of us to Common Holly, aka Brigitte Naggar whose “Crazy Ok” follows a very similar trajectory, abruptly escalating from a borderline-twee folk love song to arena-reaching riffs subdued only by an indie-label budget. With little more warning than a blip of harsh electric guitar, the song descends into an utterly chaotic close to Brigitte Naggar’s mostly hushed—though wildly experimental—second album.

“Crazy Ok” from my album ‘When I say to you Black Lightning’ hey what’s this one about? cool have a great day

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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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Half Moon Run’s newest single, “Flesh and Blood”, balances gorgeous harmonies with strikingly clean acoustic guitar and honest lyrics. The song is about learning to love someone and learning to accept love, both from yourself and others. The powerful song, from their upcoming album “A Blemish In The Great Light”, perfectly captures the band’s indie rock sound, with foot-tapping guitar and percussion as well as refreshing piano and guitar melodies. Half Moon Run a video to accompany Flesh and Blood on September 16th, which will showcase the band members’ relationships with each other and provide viewers a glimpse at the creative processes used to craft the song and album.

Half Moon Run’s new album, “A Blemish In The Great Light”,

Band Members
Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips, Isaac Symonds

Music Video for “Flesh and Blood” by Half Moon Run