TRACK REVIEW: Holly Rees – English Bay | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Holly Rees tells us a too familiar tale of uncertainty on her new track – not knowing where you stand with yourself, or love. With a grungy vocal quality, purposefully straining at just the right points, and a stripped-back instrumental, English Bay is the kind of track I would put on both while driving through the dark, and with the windows down in the summer.

For the first 30 second of the song, there are only her vocals and a guitar, the sounds offering up a vague feeling of early 2000’s nostalgia, as Rees fills the track with a mix of great storytelling and confessional lyrics.

In spite of the intensive introspection, the song never becomes musically heavy. English Bay is a single that you could both cry along with or dance to.

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