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We Shall Never Speak

by HOO

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Ghost In You 04:07
Cranium 03:47
The Mighty 06:35
Still Dream 05:44
Powder Moon 03:19
Sea Of Glass 04:16


Guitarists Neil Halstead & Lee Lavender & sixteen year old Charlie Holton join HOO for this more expansive synth-heavy, guitar-heavy, more song-orientated psychy second album ‘We Shall Never Speak’ and guests include acclaimed folk singer Jackie Oates & West Coast legend Farmer Dave Scher.


released November 19, 2021

What or HOO do you get if you mix members of Slowdive, Beechwood Sparks with uncompromising folk angel, producer-songwriter and organic gardener with a penchant for wah-wah, Nick Holton? The answer is the wide-screen, heartbreaking glory of HOO’s second album WE SHALL NEVER SPEAK. A more song filled leap forward from debut CENTIPEDE WISDOM’s post-rock electro adventures.

Holton is a master builder of woozy dynamics, his songs unfurl with a mysterious, hooky logic all their own - this is cinematic and deeply emotive machine music. A glorious hybrid of electro, shoegaze, dubby ‘niceness’ and floating dream pop. The spooked, narcotic throb of opener GHOST IN YOU. The pounding, chewy Kraut/Space rock of CRANIUM. THE MIGHTY’s exquisite slow build towards Can-like lift-off. The snarly, groovy drive of STILL DREAM. A brief flirt with musique concrète on the metronomic NO ONE CAN SEE THIS. The Halstead co-penned shoegazy, echoey swagger of WE SHALL NEVER SPEAK. The album’s poisoned chalice & peak song moment, POWDER MOON. The synthpop of YOU CHANGED THE WAY YOU SMILE. Closer SEA OF GLASS sounds like Leonard Cohen visiting Kraftwerk’s Klingklang studio. Let that sink in - the idea is perhaps the heart of this venture.

The detail and texture is extraordinary. A glorious hybrid of an album that over eight songs builds into something unique. Epic and homegrown. Upbeat and melancholic. Questing and questioning. Haunted by loss but future-facing. It’s a genuine marvel.

Holton’s roots grew from the now re-eulogised ‘90’s Reading shoegaze scene. In its wake founding DIY 4 trackers COLEY PARK for three exquisite, prescient albums of country psych. For the ensuing 25 years he’s been a constant collaborator/provocateur to many of the scene’s diaspora. Most recently as one third of BLACK HEARTED BROTHER with Neil Halstead and Mark Van Hoen.

Holton’s HOO co-conspirators this time are Halstead, 16 year old Charlie Holton and Lee Lavender. Guests include acclaimed folk singer Jackie Oates and West Coat Legend Farmer Dave Scher.


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