Holy Boy is the new project from Norwegian-born, LA based, Helene Alexandra Jaeger, who has had support from the likes of The AV Club, The Sunday Times and The 405, under previous outfit ‘Her Royal Harness’. Recorded and produced with the acclaimed Ben Hillier (The Horrors, Depeche Mode, Blur) at The Pool Studios in London 2016, her new EP is an ominous, metaphysical arrangement out June 9th via Native Habitat. The first single ‘Lay Your Hands’ premiered at Earmilk where they said they ‘can see Holy Boy rising quickly through the ranks of the indie-pop world in the near future’. You can read the full piece here.
The eponymous debut is a collection of tragic outlier love songs, foreboding drums, and defiant psychoanalysis exploring the space between life and death, melancholy and existential dread. After teaching herself the process of automatic writing as a way to vent after someone close to her passed away, Jaeger gradually discovered that stream of consciousness writing opened up a new, deeper realm of expression for her as a songwriter. Around these experiments Holy Boy was born; “I believe there’s something unspoken in the human consciousness, a deeper part of being that comes out beyond language and speech.”
Lyrically, the EP is like falling down the rabbit hole of someone else’s subconscious. A concept piece, you get the feeling Jaeger’s a solitary figure shipwrecked on circumstance, a romantic at heart with an up close and personal lens. Her psychoanalytic tendencies feel defiant on tracks such as ‘Lay Your Hands Upon Me’: “There’s a black, black flame that’s dancing in me, burn me till I’m pure as snow.” she croons in her old soul contralto, contemplating her own neurosis. This intense looming atmosphere is present through-out, contrasted only by the purity of Helene’s voice.