Holiday Ghosts – Coat of Arms (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Holiday Ghosts – Coat of Arms (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 27:30 minutes | 558 MB | Genre: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © FatCat Records

Following-up their acclaimed 2023 Absolute Reality, Holiday Ghosts release their stunning 5th album Coat Of Arms – the group’s latest material signals a new phase in their development. The record captures several facets within their musical output; powerful, gut-punch punky garage rock; classic jangly indie pop; songs of protest and resistance, and songs that resonate emotion and introspection. On ‘Big Congratulations’ and ‘Coat of Arms’ they sound as instant and lovable as Veronica Falls whilst ‘Energy’ shuffles with upbeat joy. Honestly, it will be love at first listen.

By the release of their fourth album, Absolute Reality (2023), Southern England’s Holiday Ghosts had not only refined their garage rock-inspired sound into something still loose and spirited but utterly approachable, they continued to display a knack for infectious retro-rock rhythms and playful melodies, and they embraced working-class sociopolitical themes that made their jagged indie pop tunes even more gratifying. The band very much continue in this vein (these veins) on their fifth album, Coat of Arms, which they recorded with Phil Booth (Martha, Sleaford Mods). Catchy standout “Big Congratulations” represents the album’s more affectionate side, even if the jubilant mood takes an ironic stab at the notion of keeping up with the Joneses. For more sincere reassurance, look no further than “I’m Still Here,” which leads into the titular chorus with a supportive, “If I can’t do it how you want me to do it/I won’t hold that against you.” They take a more confrontational and punkier stance on tracks like “Energy,” a song that was partly inspired by lesser-known Devo cut “Golden Energy” and that ends in a prolonged band jam, and on the more conspicuously proto-punk-like “Sublime Disconnect,” a racing rant on identity and belonging (co-vocalist Katja Rackin was born and partly raised in Sweden, where her Iranian parents moved after the Iranian Revolution). There are midtempo and more reflective tracks in play, too, such as the woozier “Tired Eyes,” although Coat of Arms never gets lethargic, and its ten tracks are over in the blink of an eye, staying true to its garage and indie pop roots with an agreeable 27-minute playing time. – Marcy Donelson

1-1. Holiday Ghosts – Western Daylight (03:01)
1-2. Holiday Ghosts – Big Congratulations (02:50)
1-3. Holiday Ghosts – Dead Streets (02:50)
1-4. Holiday Ghosts – Energy (03:23)
1-5. Holiday Ghosts – Sublime Disconnect (02:13)
1-6. Holiday Ghosts – Coat Of Arms (02:45)
1-7. Holiday Ghosts – Tired Eyes (02:36)
1-8. Holiday Ghosts – Today’s Headlines (02:24)
1-9. Holiday Ghosts – I’m Still Here (02:15)
1-10. Holiday Ghosts – Shoot For Peace (03:08)


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