Ali Holder – “Falling Up”
Pairs Well With…Patty Griffin, Sahara Smith, Phosphorescent
Folk, jazz, country, blues – it is clear singer-songwriter Ali Holder has done her homework. Her latest record In Preparation For Saturn’s Return emits a coffeehouse vibe from a distance, but I’m enamored with the level of detail in both the instrumentation and Holder’s textured, technical vocals. Most of these songs lay within tall grass, peeking out instead of overpowering either in a pop or a traditional sense. Holder is further on the scale towards Americana than indie, but the emotionalism embodied in her songs grounds this away from pop country territory for sure. Ali Holder’s reach hasn’t stretched much beyond Austin yet, so it is a worthy introduction to the broader music community with In Preparation For Saturn’s Return.