Growing up on show-tunes and majoring in Kanye is a sure fire route to musical magic, and Passion Falls frontman Jonny Holland is dripping with the stuff. Channelling his refreshingly eclectic tastes into a band format has resulted in the newly-formed Manchester 4-piece’s debut EP ‘The Greatest Adventure’.
Recorded in London with producer Dave Pemberton (Prodigy, Groove Armada)and Manchester with Jim Spencer (New Order, The Charlatans, Jonny Marr) the upcoming EP isled by the explosive ‘boys own’ adventuring title track, fittingly showcasingthe band’s own emotive brand of indie electronica.
A collection of beautiful alternative pop songs that soar into often unexpectedly haunting, crashing crescendos, the EP is completed by the shimmering ‘Chasing Ghosts’, the ethereal dancefloor-led ‘Colourblind’andthe choral finale of ‘Star Crossed Lovers’.In fact, just when you feel you’ve heard it all, up pops yet another unexpected melody or lyrical surge, teasing and coaxing its way into your head.
Listen to ‘The Greatest Adventure’ below
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Sonically, a marriage of old and new, Passion Falls are at times reminiscent of the epic qualities of contemporaries such as The Temper Trap and Foals, whilst also reminiscently crossing into the art-house territories of Talk Talk, Depeche Mode and even the more experimental German-motorik period of early Simple Minds.
The real beauty here though lies in the band’s individual sprinkling of almost childlike wonder. This comes in part courtesy of lead singer Jonny Holland’s less obvious musical influences, but even more so his ability to throw in sentences that nestle lightly between the heartstrings, refusing to be ignored.