The Modern Electric’s Holden Laurence Issues Solo Debut 

Album Review

Holden Laurence

Romantic Americana



Fans of the Modern Electric, one of the best indie rock bands in town, might be taken a bit off guard by the solo debut from guitarist Holden Laurence. While the Modern Electric has a cinematic pop sound, Laurence opts for something far folkier. The album features somber ballads that show off Laurence’s sensitive side. “Friendship & the Fever” could pass as unplugged Modest Mouse and “Falling Still” sounds like the kind of lullaby you could sing to a child attempting to sleep. With its references to Midwestern winters, the Leo Kottke-like “Humble, I’m Coming Home” will appeal specifically to local listeners. The sparse nature of the recording — the tunes here sound like they simply consist of guitar and vocals — works to its favor and gives the songs a real beauty.



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