Melis continues with more angelic ear putty for fans of Dum Dum Girls and other powerful and unique female pop styles. The textures in this song are wonderful as they ebb and flow throughout the track, remaining intriguing and catchy til the last second.
In classic Melis form, “Holding Hands” becomes more complex the more you listen to it and notice its subtleties (the piano oscillations have a nearly subconscious effect, while the electronic influences on the song are hardly noticeable until the end). Melis’ melancholy vocals are complimented perfectly by the all-encompassing backing indie rock band, making the perfect song for drinking tea by the windowsill in perpetual rain.
Building from the intimate style from Melis that we’ve loved in the past, “Sober (Over You)” builds to a grand, hazy climax. Make sure you have a drink (or two) to wave aloft during the final choruses.
You know that tender, slightly anxious feeling you get when you hear an isolated voice? Perhaps you’ve finally cajoled your friend into playing that song she wrote to an audience of two, all alone in someone’s living room. Melis captures that exposed, vulnerable feeling in a lo-fi love song saved from a dying hard drive.