Holy Oak's new album Second Son is a captivating slow-burner. These electrified folk songs unfold in loose but vivid narratives of loss, hope and restlessness. Both plainspoken and strange, the deep unaffected vocals stand almost uncomfortably bare as the band plays like the ghosts of now skeletal country musicians.
Drawing from J.D. Salinger, the Song of Solomon and Greek mythology, singer-songwriter Neil Holyoak tells of silver street performers, long walks with vampire buddies, and talking flowers that grow old in a day. Producer Howard Bilerman faithfully captures this hallucinogenic narrative through the soft focus of his 2" tape machine.
katherine peacock - vocals
stefan schneider - drums & hand percussion
kent kataoka - electric guitar and bass
neil holyoak - vocals, guitars, synthesizer
howard bilerman - drums on "silver boys"
tamara sandor - vocals on "silver boys"
nic scribner - electric guitar & organ on "silver boys"
steven balogh - bass on "silver boys"
justin wright - cello
mariah andrews - trumpet
sebastian chow - violin
lewis handford - drums
michael begin - electric guitar & pedal steel
patrick latreille – bass
Recorded and produced by Howard Bilerman at Hotel2Tango, Montreal
except Cockatoo recorded on digital camcorder by Michaela Grill in Hjalteyri, Iceland
Mastered by Pete Lyman, Infrasonic Mastering
Album art design by Ip Hoi Wan
Thanks to the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
In loving memory of Katherine Anne Peacock (1983-2016)