Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Holley, Jolly Christmas

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Lonnie Holley is a visual artist and musician from Atlanta, GA who's received considerable attention for his mesmerizing releases on the Dust to Digital label in the last few years. Maybe you saw him last year at Trinosophes, opening for Bill Callahan? His largely-improvised live shows are a mesmerizing mix of synth washes and a vocal delivery straight out of the best 1970s spiritual jazz. the music is buttressed by these funky backwater grooves, which serve to save it from excess.

I'd like to submit that Holley's first record, 2012's Just Before Music, might make for some fine, zoned-out holiday times music (you can sample the entire thing at the link there). It's partly because there are a lot of bells clinging around in his music, but mostly it's just the music itself, which recalls elements of the floating free jazz of Pharoah Sanders, the New Age bliss of Laraaji and the proto-punk keyboards of Suicide.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation