An echo in the valley
A storm brewing inside
No time to runaway
As the rocks begin to slide
Cape Town, South Africa post-punk outfit Holograph premieres a fascinating, surreal video for the song Hollow Mountain, out today. Holograph’s music blends new wave, 80’s pop as well as country and hip hop influences in their mix. This eclectic combination of flavours creates unique; further enhanced by its members’ backgrounds in genres such as garage, indie, psych, punk and shoegaze.
Hollow Mountain, a pure homage to the goth-tinged folk stylings of Lee Hazlewood and Nick Cave, is a gorgeous death march of surrealism. The one-take video is a beautiful optical illusion; the dense foliage of Cape Town’s Twelve Apostles Mountain Range takes centre stage as lead singer Warren Fisher approaches the camera in slow motion. It brings to mind both Anton Corbijn’s Atmosphere clip for Joy Division and the Pixies’ infamous Velouria video, but with a more menacing, deliberate, and intimate gesture.
Hollow Mountain serves as a death aria of sorts, a melancholic dirge toward the final curtain. As Fisher shuffles off this mortal coil, he is eventually enveloped by his anthropomorphised emotions in a final embrace. A brilliant effort, directed by Warren Fisher himself, with Mark Reitz serving as cinematographer.
Holograph’s signature wall of sound is both freeing and captivating, with dense layers and depth of space. Forming in early 2020 with a handful of demos, Warren Fisher (The Future Primitives, Black Lung, The Deathrettes) began working with Desmond Kannemeyer (Runaway Nuns) and Ines Soutschka (Julia Robert) to flesh out the songs and develop into upcoming releases. Calvin Siderfin (Dangerfields, The Very Wicked) joined the band shortly before the recording of their debut singles in late 2020, and thus, Holograph was born.
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