TUE, AUG 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

A U G U S T 9 - HOLOPAW - Quit +/or Fight (CD)

Gainesville, Florida’s Holopaw (named after a Florida town none of them are from) rises to more textural, delicate artistic heights on Quit +/or Fight, the follow-up to their 2003 self-titled Sub Pop debut. You might recall Holopaw vocalist John Orth from Ugly Casanova’s Sharpen Your Teeth from a few years back; he co-wrote that with Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse). Recorded by Mike Pecchio, resident producer at Scandalabra Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and with the aide of The Mercury Program’s Tom Reno and Dave LeBleu (guitar and vibes) and Daedelus (winds), each dynamic track on Quit +/or Fight, tells its tale through sweet, understated and complexly orchestrated melody that engages as it soothes. The end result: an improbable group of individuals all coming together to create an album that is quietly moving, filled with small gestures that speak volumes.

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson