Album Review: Holy Wave – Adult Fear

Wednesday 11th, April 2018 / 08:00
By Tory Rosso

Holy Wave
Adult Fear
The Reverberation Appreciation Society

Following up on the heels of Holy Wave’s Freaks Of Nurture, their 2016 release, Adult Fear is the five piece from Austin’s fifth official release and third full-length album. Sticking with their signature, hazy psych-garage sound, Holy Wave has managed to release yet another captivating collection of tracks.

With each new album the band puts out, they seem to mature towards new levels of experimentation and layering lush instrumentation, amid tracks gliding effortlessly between different grooves and tempos. This does not so much startle, but rather takes one on a trip with the band.

One aspect that sticks out on Adult Fear is the departure to a more neo-psychedelic sound, reminiscent of groups such as The Zombies, Pink Floyd (a la Syd Barrett), and more recently, Ariel Pink. This shines through on tracks such as “Nation In Regress,” “Habibi,” and “Adult Fear.”

Layered in abundant organ/synth tones and track lengths reaching above eight minutes, Holy Wave drenches classic psych sounds on a blotter of fresh composition.