Holy Hive: Float Back to You

June 1, 2020
Anne Njoroge

Holy Hive’s sound and friendships came together organically. The Brooklyn, NY-based trio comprised of singer/guitarist Paul Spring, drummer Homer Steinweiss, and bassist Joe Harrison like to call it folk/soul. The group’s debut full-length album, Float Back to You, sounds like it came to fruition just as their friendships did, and after listening to it for a spell, you hear it.

With a sound polished through live shows and their critically acclaimed Harping EP, Holy Hive has traveled an interesting path. The Harping EP really showcased the band’s folk/soul musical style, no shock given Steinweiss got his start as drummer for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

Holy Hive melds the stylings of the past with a fresh beat and the lyrics of today, and Float Back to You shows off this new conglomeration of musicians making good music in a new way, which can be hard to find these days. The album is peppered with seasoned professional guest musicians throughout. In simple terms, it is chill.

Float Back to You is an album seemingly designed to listen to in a small, off-the-beaten path joint. It’s full of high vocals, a wispy snare drum, and a solid, dare say, touch of a funky beat. The album’s got a polished mix of musicians and a feeling that it transpired effortlessly, giving its audience a chance to lend their ear to something new.

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