A new single release from Hollings delivers a lush and vibrant soundscape delivered with a wondrous persona and a blend of this vintage pop with a new school feel which has a way of creating an atmosphere that's familiar and welcoming but also refreshing.
"Fragments" has such a unique approach to it that combines these natural and digital intercepts of instrumentation to create something that has a certain level of intensity but also this natural forward-moving flow with guitars that bop, since that deliver melodies and hooks, and vocals that give off that classic and almost cinematic undertone.
The song has color to it and this amazingly youthful vibe and energy combined with a sort of maturity and songwriting, so you get the best of two different worlds and as it all comes together it has a way of building where keys are added as the song plays on until that final chorus hits.
You can tell that this song came from someplace real and that Hollings was able to create something that you can quickly get attached to with a danceable tonality and an incredibly well-balanced sonic presence.
The way that she sings has something so familiar about it but also slightly edgy at the same time while she delivers these melodies that bounce around in your head for hours after the song has ended.
You can tell that she has a real love for singing and has probably been doing it since she was just a child but it's the way that she adapts to the song and creates the character that the song is asking for because that is something that not a lot of singers or artists can pull off, but Hollings does this without a hitch and with charm to boot.
I love that sort of vintage 80s vibe that it gives off because it's like a mix of new wave and a little bit of synth-pop here and there, but it also keeps to the Indie pop world of today as well so the classic and new come together without clashing at all and it's all seamless.
Each instrument adds a layer of rhythm over the next and I think that's so cool especially with the melodies that they're playing because even when it first starts you get right into the groove, and you know you can get up and dance to it.
As a matter of fact, your butt is already shaking in your seat as you're driving the car or sitting on the couch.
This is one of those songs that feels good to listen to and part of that has to do with just the overall aura that it gives off because of the synth sounds that are used and the notes that are played, but it also has to do with that slight nostalgic hint as well because it feels at times almost like this track could have served as the soundtrack to a chapter in your own life at some point.
That to me is pure gold and it doesn't come along often so when it does it's completely refreshing, and you want to listen to it again and again.
This was robust, ever-growing, full-bodied, electric, character-riddled, and delivered with heart and attention to the sounds of a decade of pop that mattered.
I'm going to give this a 9 out of 10 as it combines many influences into one track and it's all the sweet spots I could possibly ask for.
Definitely check this out when you have a chance especially if you're a fan of any sort of pop music whatsoever.