Song of the Day: The Holy – Ramses the Evil Brother

photo by Annukka Pakarinen

photo by Annukka Pakarinen

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Ramses the Evil Brother” from Finnish group The Holy, from the More Escher And Random Notes EP released by Soliti.

The Holy – Ramses the Evil Brother (MP3)
Upon first glance, The Holy’s track “Ramses the Evil Brother,’ may appear biblical in scope. Based in Helsinki, The Holy formed in 2014 with a shared interest in vast soundscapes and krautrock-style rhythms. With the release of their debut EP last year, More Escher and Random Notes, The Holy have carved out their own brand of unrepentantly anthemic, orchestral rock. “Ramses the Evil Brother,” the lead single for the band’s forthcoming second EP and today’s featured track, immediately recalls KEXP favorites like Elbow or Arcade Fire, while also demonstrating the band’s individual knack for melody and varied instrumentation. Every element of “Ramses” acts is synchronous and complimentary, the layers of strings, guitars, and drums propelling the track towards its gorgeous instrumental conclusion. Despite currently having just a handful of tracks to their name, “Ramses” shows a band with a fully developed sound, well on their way to becoming an established presence in the modern indie rock scene.

The Holy have no US tour dates lined up at this time. For more information, check out their Facebook and Soundcloud. In the meantime, here’s the evocative video for “Ramses the Evil Brother.”

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