When Holly Henry released her debut EP, The Immigrant , back in 2013, it was to my own rave review . It was, essentially, everything that I’d expected of The Voice alumni and more when she’d secured herself tightly into her own haunting, acoustic corner of the alternative/indie folk movement. The Immigrant was thoughtful, it was introspective, and most importantly, it was brave through its brooding sincerity. Thankfully, in her latest single “Hide and Seek”, Holly continues her trend of carving herself her own little stirringly elegiac space in the industry.
It’s a song that contributes to a bigger picture. When Ms. Henry gets around to producing a full-length album, each song she’s released thus far could easily make an appearance on said album without raising many complaints from her collective of fans. What she’s become quite clearly now is an artist with a distinct identity; someone who, despite a younger age as far as artists go, knows exactly who she is musically and where she’s ultimately going for years to come. From a very basic front, “Hide and Seek” adds to that identity that is equally as delightfully doleful as any track on The Immigrant.
From a higher retrospective, though, “Hide and Seek” is a stand-alone track that very well deserves to be identified as something that stands on its own two feet. It’s not quite its own beast yet it’s not just an expansion of The Immigrant; this is a release by an honest artist who’s yet again taking to her own ethereal soundscape to produce something totally new.
She’s writing for all to hear, sure, but each song that Holly writes is its own little world in which she is the only initial representative of its populous. It shows, too, in “Hide and Seek”, as she thoughtfully, mournfully weaves a new tale with regards to a wispy nostalgic quality which she so greatly inhabits. “Hide and Seek” may be one of her more instantly relatable works, as well, given how listeners could easily relate the song’s lyricism to a past hefty romantic issue of their own.
All-in-all, “Hide and Seek” is yet another addition to Holly Henry’s repertoire that proves, once again, that The Voice got it wrong. That fact is becoming less and less relevant, though, as it’s becoming more and more obvious that Holly only needed to show for as far as she’d gotten, for exposure’s sake. It would’ve been cool to see her compete amongst the top sum-odd hotshots, but with the beautiful tunes that she’s producing now, it’s more TV’s problem than her’s.
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