Steady 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.