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Holly Arrowsmith - Album Review: For The Weary Traveller

11 Aug 2015 // A review by Ria Loveder

Nestled in the Queenstown mountains, Holly Arrowsmith’s debut album For The Weary Traveller was created. This charmingly crafted album is full to the brim with acoustically emotive pieces, beautifully written and thought provoking lyrics and an earthy sounding voice. Holly’s music exudes a maturity that far exceeds her age. At only twenty one, I can’t believe we are the same age!

The title for this album was appropriately chosen after Arrowsmith and her husband travelled the gorgeous land of New Zealand for a summer, exploring the country in a van. On their travels they met many vibrant and interesting people, providing many inspirational memories to create content for her album.

Mouth Of The Morning is a lovely introduction, with soft acoustic guitar picking, and Holly’s moving voice, this song is bursting with emotion, especially near the end, when the tempo is increased and drums are added, the atmosphere fluctuates and creates a wonderful wall of sound.

Voices Of The Youth has a sweet naïve quality. A girl confessing she does not have the answer to everything. A toe tapping tune, that makes you feel good, one of my favourites on the album.

Lady Of The Valley has a stunning introduction, starting with an atmospheric distended electric guitar, which swells and ebbs throughout the entire piece, creating an eerie piece. Along with Voices Of The Youth, this was another of my favourites. I believe this showcases Holly’s song writing immensely, and would have loved to have heard more pieces that used similar instrumental tools. Taking such risks may be a great benefit to her future, and there is proof that she has the talent to pull it off with this song.

That being said this album is one that is full of honesty and nostalgia. It is a time capsule of memories. Listening to this album it is no wonder Holly has already showcased at The New Zealand Country Music Awards, Rhythm And Alps, Rhythm And Vines and opened for internationally acclaimed folk artist Rodriguez. Listening to Arrowsmith’s album it is clear that she is a name in folk best keeping an eye on.

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About Holly Arrowsmith

"This is the kind of C&W meets folk that strips everything but the honesty away, and what your left with will leave you trembling."
-Scott Kennedy (The Source)

Holly Arrowsmith is the new name in Folk that could be worth keeping your eye on. This South Island songstress has been turning heads all over New Zealand lately- and rumour has it, there is something different stirring in her acoustically driven, soulful sound. Arrowsmith's poetic, thought provoking lyrics, combined with her distinctively haunting voice, give you something pretty special, according to 'The Source'.

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A Dawn I Remember
Year: 2018
Type: Album
For The Weary Traveller
Year: 2015
Type: Album
The River
Year: 2013
Type: EP

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