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terror-steady-holidaySteady Holiday provided one of PopLib’s highlights of 2016 – a fine debut album called “Under the Influence”. Now there’s an EP called “Terror”, an instinctive reaction to the events of 8 November in the US.

This is recognisably Steady Holiday – from the beguiling lighter-than-air voice of songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dre Babinski, right through to the richly detailed arrangement including the warm nostalgia of syrupy  movie-soundtrack strings.

But beneath the carefree surface a menacing synth pulse modulation carries the sense of unease suggested by the title. And lyrics like “bless your children, just don’t come here” and “stay on your side of the line”, which contrast the effortless melodic glide of the song, are a reminder of the language of hateful xenophobia and attempted manipulation of public sentiment against migrants from the 2016 US Presidential election.

“Terror” is the title track of a 5 song EP and the song also has a suitably nightmarish video, which you can view at The Fader.

On a lighter note, Steady Holiday has a strong Instagram game. Consistently creative and frequently hilarious and worthwhile following if you want to keep up with the latest news… like finding out about this new release, which is also, irresistibly, packaged together with the album in a digipack CD.

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Steady Holiday Bandcamp“Under the Influence” is the title track of the first album by Steady Holiday. It’s an intoxicating introduction to the album and to the Los Angeles based artist – songwriter, vocalist and musician – behind the Steady Holiday name.

Steady Holiday is Dre Babinski and friends. The music of Steady Holiday is an alluring blend of almost film-noir exotica and smooth European pop. Fans of the likes of Death And Vanilla will feel at home in the album’s rich and dark atmospheric soundscape.

Dre’s voice has a restrained and natural gentle delivery and the understated affirmation of intriguing personal lyrics gives the song and the rest of the album an intimate feel. It’s a voice that sometimes reminds me of Charlotte Gainsbourg during this track and others on the album.

The voice is the perfect match for the music which is crammed with atmospheric dream-pop elements, sounding both modern and also from an indeterminate era in some half-imagined past which may  or may not have been real, a film, or a dream.

The album “Under the Influence” is out on 24 June. Were it not for the eye-watering huge cost of postage from the US, PopLib would be ordering a copy of the LP forthwith. While this would be lovely on vinyl a download purchase will have to suffice. For the time being…

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