Review: Holy Esque – At Hope’s Ravine

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Glasgow quartet Holy Esque are releasing their new album At Hope’s Ravine and, as expected, it’s bursting with wisps of ambient alt-rock and other-worldly echoes. If you’re looking for escapism, this album is made for it; get ready for Holy Esque to sweep you off your feet.

With a definite nod to the ‘90s alternative scene reverberating from the husky yet charismatic vocals, similar to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, and the emotional quirks we imagine result in a Kurt Cobain oddness live in grungier tracks such as ‘Hexx’, Holy Esque’s influence is easy to pinpoint. Throw in the eerie New Romantics synth-pop of ‘Covenant (Ill)’ and the Californian beach-pop of ‘Silences’ and we can see from a mile off where Holy Esque’s music taste was born.

While At Hope’s Ravine is likely to be lumped into the alt-rock category, along with the works of bands such as The 1975, thanks to its atmospheric guitars and rough yet dreamy vocals, there is an undeniable branch of alt-pop explored within this album. Opening track ‘Prism’ sprinkles its strong indie roots with a catchy pop bounce, while ‘Doll House’ has a real Coldplay feel to it, building up subtle layers that eventually lead into huge, overpowering, anthemic choruses.

The only downfall of At Hope’s Ravine is that this ambient alternative tone wears thin when repeated track after track; however, this album has bags of potential to smash out some amazing radio tunes, and there is no reason Holy Esque can’t use this album’s strongest tracks to wriggle into future mainstream markets.

At Hope’s Ravine is out now.

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