Holly Holy

by Ask For Joy

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I didn't realize UB40 also covered this. I have not heard it.

Neil Diamond is a pimp.

(A few words about 'Holly Holy'*: This song hit #6 in 1969, making this song just a few years older than I am. I've been a huge Neil Diamond fan forever, and I've always thought this would make for an excellent shoegaze cover target. Case in point: the bridge where 'Call the sun' begins and builds slowly all the way up to 'And I fly', which then transitions back to the main theme in the tonic key via a MAJESTIC V7-I cadence, Neil's soaring melody falling a tone to provide the seventh of that first chord. GOOSEBUMPS. The perfect expression of the acension skyward that the lyrics reflect. Swoon. - Aaron <3)

* FYILTS (Fuck you, I love this song)


released March 18, 2014



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Ask For Joy Austin, Texas

Aaron Rossetto is the songwriter, performer and producer behind Austin, Texas' Ask For Joy, whose layers of shimmering guitars, angelic vocals and expansive harmonies awash in reverb recall the fuzzy shoegaze of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, the Phil Spector songs of Jesus and Mary Chain, and the poppy, harmonic sensibilities of the Beach Boys. ... more

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