The five new songs (plus one remix) on offer here demonstrate an artist who is not only growing in terms of musical ability, but also in maturity. The lead track These Four Walls is a shimmering and accomplished opener, the smooth and echoing vocals urging against inaction, a call to move on and live life.
All music is played by Holly herself, but on In The Dark she shares vocals with fellow Scottish artist Danny Shah in a string-drenched and moving duet which is one of the EP’s several highlights.
Cold Outside and Starting To Believe deal with the first blooms of love, the latter song providing a poppy interlude in an EP of largely down-tempo, moody numbers. Stars is probably the finest example of this here, a sparkling keyboard-led slow burner which develops into something mesmerising.
The EP takes the promises whispered by Holly’s previous release and delivers on them fully. And though the tracks on offer here may be less laden with immediate hooks than some of her previous work, In The Dark repays repeated listens with some quite beautiful songs which grow out of the darkness until they shine bright as any stars.
You can download In The Dark on iTunes here.