Hologram Hug is comprised of Patrick “Gage” Curley, Ryan Parks and Atom Parks. According to their Facebook Page, “HOHU grew up together in a suburb in Charleston, South Carolina before moving to Leipzig, Germany at different times. After a series of strange events, nine lives each and more than one miracle, we decided to build a mystery machine.”
And indeed, they have built a ‘mystery machine,’ where on their latest EP It Hertz a crush of sounds escapes through the eerie instrumentals and ghostly elements coming from the vocals. The soundscape is overall elegant and profound.
It Hertz opens up with the moody and atmospheric “Birth” that produces a looming and ambient feel. Eerie cadences highlight this track with vocals adding to the ambient atmosphere. The vocals are elongated to give off a haunting riff of non-sensical garbling. Dreamy and lush, the song also has a touch of the mystical that beckons you on the way to the unknown. A lot of lovely and beatific sounds. Gradually, the vocal harmonies clash together to get the effect of overlapping voices. A real sense of vertigo will descend upon listeners, giving off an off-kilter quality. This delicate string of sounds will really awaken your soul from deep within – definitively soulful.
On “Ga,” some provocative sounding strings sound off on this track. The strumming is consistent and ends up crescendoing into the cadences of electronic beats. The vocals rise and falls in and out of this song, creating an aria of sounds that lift and take flight. A lot of emphasis is given to the electronic beats and synths. Some psychedelic guitars quietly snap and snares on the backdrop of this track. A ghostly effect arises from the vocals. It’s a moving song.
Up next is “Wanna,” where warbling cadences come from the electric guitars, creating an island/tropical vibe. The drums keep an upbeat tempo to the track. The vocals are vulnerable and give off a honeyed quality to the song. Moody and ambient feels coming from the instrumentals, electronic beats and synths. The vocals really take the forefront on this track, cooing and crooning with utmost gusto.
On the closer, “Coda,” some ambient synths fill this song. Drums and percussions add an energized pulse to the track, giving off a stirring twist. Electric guitar riffs paves this song. The track contains a metal-tinged sound with vocals that are at once dreamy and haunting and then simmering on the verge of demented screams. Towards the end, the electric guitar riffs sound tinny, adding a bit of embellishment to the metal cadence.
This EP will shatter all your preconceived notions of the band. The record disassembles into a plethora of palettes. With a wide range of influences that include classics like Sigur Røs, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Queen all the way to more contemporary acts such as Lorn, Aphex Twin, Grimes, Die Antwoord, Serena Maneesh and Shrillex, the EP manages to encompass all their influences and more. With a decadent and plush production, the sliding effects on the instrumentals creates a moving soundscape with versatile vocals that join into the every ebb and flow of the recording.
An interesting fact about the EP: Hologram Hug recorded at Leipzig, Germany with some talented German producers at Humming Green Studios. The band claimed it was a fun process, filled with experimentation. According to the band, “One of the producers recorded the acoustics from the monument to the battle of nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) and used it as a reverb plugin to mix our album, resulting in a unique sound. We were the first band to incorporate this massive building’s effect. We are very pleased to share our hard work.”
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