Holly Lovelady – “Helvellyn”


Balancing a dreamy pop mystique with a folk-friendly introspection, “Helvellyn” is a captivating new single from Holly Lovelady. Sounding like a cross of Kate Bush and Weyes Blood with its emotively gripping aesthetic, the track is described by Lovelady as “a metaphor for life’s journey with its twists and turns and all its struggles, but with perseverance and determination, you can conquer your own personal mountain.”

“I walk this mountain,” lyrical beginnings decisively depict a journey that requires a great distance — though one who dares to conquer it, even without a guide. The “tumble down,” sequence arises into a synth-laden engrossment during the title-touting hook, wholly replay-inducing. Darkening skies and stormy weather complement the journey in the subsequent verses — though still determined to “reach you,” and riveting in this emotional rise amidst bouncy piano and atmospheric synth adornments. “Helvellyn” is a gripping success from Holly Lovelady, who continues a steady ascent following radio support from BBC London, BBC Merseyside, BBC Cumbria and Radio 6.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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