TRACK REVIEW: The Midnight Hollow “Walls”

The Midnight Hollow.

Their name sounds like a spooky New England town, but The Midnight Hollow is actually a New York City rock band who recently premiered a new single.

“Walls” is an optimistic approach to their brooding psych-pop that singer Spencer Draeger describes as “more focused and colorful” than the group’s previous work. The single is a dense yet lively track, layered in synths and wavering guitar, and pulls off being both meditative and dynamic. They haven’t lost any of their edge that earned them the title of “Band To Watch” from Stereogum or “Best New Release” from Spotify. Like any great band that sticks around, their sound is just evolving into something different. For The Midnight Hollow, that means something brighter and more grounded. As Draeger has said: “It feels good to pull open the curtains and color up the darkness.”

The band formed in the summer of 2012, and released their first EP, Self-Titled in 2014 after contributing a track for a Zappruder Records compilation in 2013. Draeger writes the band’s songs and plays all instruments on recordings, except for the drums which are supplied by Andrew Segreti. On stage, they’re joined by Matt Leibowitz on bass, Vahak Janbazian on percussion, and Katie Campo on keys. 

“Walls” will be on The Midnight Hollow’s upcoming EP, For The People Inside, available in February. You can also catch them in person on March 6th, when they’ll be playing at the Mercury Lounge with The Bright Light Social Hour. In the meantime, listen to “Walls” below!

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