Album Review: Holly Macve - Golden Eagle
By Ian Bremner
Sometimes, you hear a voice that stuns you back a few steps. Holly Macve, an Irish 21-year old who now lives in Brighton, England, possesses one of these violently captivating voices. When speaking, she sounds as Irish as it gets. Singing, no accent can be found layered into the sultry country-tinged heartbreak tunes.
Macve’s debut record, Golden Eagle, is out on Bella Union. Her voice is at the forefront of the entire 46-minute album, but the soothing nature of it should not overshadow the lyrical themes of it. People will claim "age is just a number," but that’s usually just a common trope used to justify being surprised by someone’s actions. That said, it’s certainly hard not be impressed by Holly Macve’s assuredness and wisdom throughout.
She grew up on classic American music and it certainly has bled into her sound, but the aching piano and slow, airy spaces allow it to feel very modern and fresh. Macve seems to know her voice can carry her singing damn near anything, but she never relies on it alone.