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Holiday: “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams) has all the musical magnetism

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Posted September 1, 2018 by Peter Burns in Headlines

Hailing from Los Angeles, Nick Holiday was adopted from Lebanon at a young age by a Greek Arabic family. He soon began playing the guitar and discovered his passion for music. In pursuit of his dream Holiday dropped out of his first year of college to start a band with a friend from high school called The Chase. He subsequently took a hiatus to focus on a potential career path in film scoring. Self-reflection persuaded him to shift his musical direction into the electronic hemisphere. After months of studying sound design, Nick Holiday began discovering his preferred sonic leanings to implement his own identity in the electronic genre.

Holiday now hits us with his latest track – “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams). Right from the outset the track stipulates a tone that bobs and sways and bangs; this one will get plenty of play, be at the daytime pool parties or at the nighttime slinky clubs.

The song’s agenda doesn’t seem to want to extend far beyond just having some loving fun — a refreshing change of pace in a musical climate where others are trying so desperately to prove a point. Nick Holiday knows what he wants to do, sets about doing it, and gets the job done without much ado.

Holiday is an undeniably talented producer, who has all the musical magnetism to breach the upper tier of the pop charts. “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams) represents an elegant solution to that aspiration, giving him the chance to do what he does best — produce — while singers like Damsel Adams elevate his work and shares some attention with the man behind the boards.

Musically and lyrically, Holiday’s songs are less cluttered and more open-ended than many of his contemporaries. Working in a genre labelled for being big, loud, and busy, Holiday’s music moves as much toward temperamental evenness, as it does towards spasms of emotion, volume, timbre, and pacing.

“Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams) orbits around a gorgeous vocal and instrumental hooks cycled with a melodic authority. Unlike many popular and great crossover Pop/EDM songs, this track communicates a full narrative and perspective, rather than just the outline of one.

On “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams), Nick Holiday demonstrates that he has an ear for talent, as well as the aesthetic instincts to build his arrangement around a vocalist’s strengths. At the same time Damsel Adams showcases her ability to flex her artistic personality to the rhythm and structure of the song.

There is no need for decadence or pyrotechnics, just a dedicated faith in their collaborative craftsmanship. Holiday appeals to me in a number of ways. I immediately fell in love with him through this track, due to the simple, yet sharp bass line that runs throughout the song.

Throughout the whole track, Holiday employs a resonant bass, plus synthesizers with a myriad of rich, clever sounds, ranging from spacey to punchy. You couldn’t ask for electronica with better dance and pop elements than this.

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