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Jolie Holland's recordings are the work of an emotional savant, an adept of pathos, a virtuosa of soul. Her songs and voice tap the mother-vein, a river of sound she brought with her out of the Southern swamp from which old time gospel, New Orleans jazz, and rock and roll all lurched. She made a splash with the spare home recordings that became CATALPA, and her studio debut
ESCONDIDA introduced the world to songs like “Mad Tom of Bedlam” which reimagines a 400 year old folk song into Birdland swing. Her albums continued this roaming pursuit of the old retired spirits: SPRINGTIME CAN KILL YOU with its Southern Goth specters; THE LIVING AND THE DEAD and with its evanescences of rock and roll, garage, and blues, and PINT OF BLOOD, which finally laid claim to some of the big guitar noise of New York City's radical downtown scene.
Over the restless journey of her career, Holland has remained “one of our best musical poets, a true outsider” (AllMusic Guide). Holland has no fear of the truth - in fact, she thrives on it, in all its strange and brutal detail. Her songs, like the best cinema or literature, always seem to end too soon. And she is on her way down the road before you know it. It’s not what she's running from but where she's headed that fuels her odyssey.