Chapter Music is very pleased to release Sydney trio Holy Balm’s second album Activity on vinyl and digital on August 5, 2016.
Already much-loved for their mutant, free form house, Holy Balm give their most direct nod to the dancefloor yet on Activity. The pop hooks of Fashion, the upbeat laments of All Night Long and the wayward rattles of closing track Dancing Gravy II harbour echoes of 2012 debut It’s You (released by Californian label Not Not Fun and Sydney stalwarts RIP Society), but Activity is purpose-built for movement, bouncing subversive gestures off a brighter, bolder dance veneer.
Activity was engineered by Jonathan and produced by the band entirely in-house, with featured guest Marcus Whale (Collarbones/BV) playing saxophone on Fashion.
“We think Activity blends our biographical voice with dance music tropes such as closeness, atmospheric changes, and personal empowerment, solidifying our sound. It’s a dynamic space of play and experimentation that only just reared its head with the first album, but comes into its own on Activity.” – Holy Balm.
Holy Balm toured the US in 2013, have played the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Biennale, and have shared stages with the likes of Ariel Pink, Boredoms, Nite Jewel, and Maria Minerva.