Hailing from Sweden’s second city of Gothenburg, Holy Now are a quartet dealing in the sort of shimmering indiepop that dreams are made of. The band released their debut album, Think I Need The Light, back in 2018 on Lazy Octopus Records, a collection of songs dealing with growing up, heartbreak and refusing to stagnate. The band have recently returned with a drip-feed of brilliant new singles from their forthcoming new album Dream of Me, culminating in their most recent offering, “Places”, an enchanting song that might just be the band’s best yet. Recalling acts like Alvvays or Amber Arcades, Holy Now make classic pop songs, dressed up with shimmering guitar, passionate vocals and clattering drum beats.
Paolo Ruiu first came to the world’s attention as one-half of the critically lauded duo Young Romance. With the band’s touring plans curtailed, Paolo took the time to explore his musical desires as a solo artist, sharing several singles throughout 2021, later drawn together as his debut EP, Low, released earlier this year. Written and recorded in Ruiu’s home studio on a desk used by Pink Floyd and a Tascam 424 cassette recorder, Low is a celebration of analogue recording, featuring elements of 70’s psychedelia, lo-fi indie and vocals smothered with delightful waves of echo.