Simply 4 singles into her new solo enterprise as Holysseus Fly, you wouldn’t be shocked by the feel and sheen of Holly Wellington’s sound to be taught that she has already been nicely immersed within the Bristolian music scene for quite a few years. Having already graced among the largest phases on this planet – Glastonbury involves thoughts – alongside her bandmates in Ishmael Ensemble, Wellington is nothing wanting a consummate skilled. Recognized with most cancers in 2019, and fortunately surviving its evils, she was inspired to seek out her personal particular person inventive voice and legacy. As Holysseus Fly, she charts this turbulent, but triumphant, journey.
Bringing the nicely of her highly effective vocals to soul-bearing subjects, Holysseus Fly’s upcoming debut EP Birthpool is certain to meander with emotion, vulnerability, and a blues-inflection a lot akin to FKA Twigs or NAO. Nonetheless, it’s a sound that will probably be underpinned by themes of defiance and empowerment, in addition to showcasing Wellington’s signature gloss with each component in place and every word drawn out to radiant perfection. The most recent minimize from the gathering, “Train Me”, presents a extra up-beat and sharp-tongued aspect of the prism.
“I wrote “Train Me” as a enjoyable reduction from the heavier moments on the EP, however its message is simply as vital, persevering with the narrative of empowerment, this time by means of a feminist lens,” Wellington explains. “Train Me pokes enjoyable at mansplaining and wonders how it could really feel to have the entitlement of a privileged, cis-gendered white man. Anybody within the music trade that doesn’t determine as this can know the way it feels to struggle loud, patronising, overpowering voices that assume they know higher. I don’t need us to make ourselves smaller, or really feel now we have to speak or play music like them to be revered, we’re sufficient as we’re.
With a wink and evident side-eye, Wellington adopts a playfully bombast persona to degree with the insufferable patriarchy she takes goal at. Collaborating with Jack Liley on the monitor’s visible, she notes “the video options the primary dance routine I choreographed with Bethany Kyle for my reside exhibits. China Bowls created a 20-foot cape to visually elevate the finale of the track. A illustration of rising above all of it, turning into my very own star, with out want of exterior validation from anybody.”
Already a confirmed expertise alongside her bandmates, Wellington is right: Holysseus Fly is a marker for her rising star as a solo artist. Hatching an simple means to entice and enthral, her inventive mix of vulnerability and empowerment is refreshing, each untouchably shiny, but fully approachable.