Holding Hour – “Parallel Lines”


“Parallel Lines” melds dreamy pop entrancement and textured shoegaze touches, representing a strong single from Holding Hour, a Des Moines-based band formerly known as Elison. “Parallel Lines” is their first release under the new name, and precedes an upcoming EP, out this fall. Lead vocalist and guitarist Marissa Kephart describes the single as “about the push and pull of relationships, the tension between two people who are close but over time slowly grow distant.”

With a gentle vocal introspection and post-punk bass-y drive, “Parallel Lines” builds with an initially subdued composure. “Still awake but dreaming of a life where I’m somebody else’s wife,” the vocals let out, ascending into a soaring entrancement upon the title-referencing hook, which intertwines dream-pop and shoegaze sentiments. Lyrical depictions of a slowly unraveling relationship resonate within this melodic, dreamy production from Holding Hour.

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

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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