Feature Song | Common Holly | If After All

“If After All” starts out with all the usual elements of indie folk: Brigette Nagar’s soft voice, tender guitar plucking, marching-band style-drum work, some piano, violin– then it transcends into a darker, more effect driven guitar accompanied heavier drums. And then the softness comes back, complete with gushing and a pleasing resolution. The unexpected juxtaposition of these two rhythms definitely hits the spot and forms a story in the listeners’ head.

The song can be compared to a crazy trip in the woods: wild flowers and cute, fluffy squirrels in the beginning; until you stumble across mean, talking trees when the darkness hits. Then a satisfying bath in the river washes all the paranoia away when the sunrise finally pierces itself through the thick forest.

A newly formed band from Montreal in the midst of a North American tour, Common Holly, brands its sound as “dark indie folk,” and we’re definitely excited for their upcoming album called “Playing House.” If the first release already took us to a fresh, unheard side of the indie spectrum, we’re excited to hear what’s coming next.

You can pre-order “Playing House” here. Get this track now and the rest of the promising album once it gets released on September 4, 2017.

Listen to If After All below:


Camille Banzon is the music editor of The Violet Wave. After years of covering music festivals, concerts and reviewing albums, she decided to move to a tropical surf island, where she runs a hostel and lives off of coconuts, bikinis, and streaming. Her work on music writing can be seen in FHM Philippines, Pacifiqa, Coconuts Manila, 8list, and Amplify.ph. She likes groovy basslines, clean waves, and stinky cheese.

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