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Editors’ Notes

Although Holiday is being touted as the debut album from Nick Principle under the Port St. Willow moniker, it’s actually his second. Principle self-released his proper first album, Even//Wasteland, via a home-recorded CD-R in 2010. But accolades from Brian Eno and a subsequent signing to Downtown Records have put Port St. Willow on the map. Principle is a sound curator; his collected samples provide a spooky intro with the opening “Two Five Five Two.” Then “Hollow” properly starts the album with his androgynous falsettos cooing over minimal tribal rhythms, steel drums, and the first track’s ambient trill. “Amawalk” is a gem of a track with a lumbering tempo and gauzy tones that create a balmy and beautifully unsettling atmosphere. Over this, Principle’s slightly soulful inflections come off like Antony Hegarty channeling Sade. As the ambient washes and sonic swells nearly take over the haunting “On Your Side,” it’s easy to understand why Eno championed Holiday: the balance between singer and soundscape is an ever-changing relationship here and throughout this artfully crafted album.

Customer Reviews

Could be better.

Instruments sound great but they could lose the singer. Lets be honest, he sounds like the creepy old neighbor in Family Guy.


This is one of my favorite albums ever. It is just pouring with emotion and pure musicianship. Great album

Beauty in Melancholia

Not since Brian Eno or The Dorutti Column have I heard to such saddened beauty. Music to slit your wrists by. Don't listen if you're suffering from depression. However, it is a master work of music.


Formed: 2009 in Portland, Oregon

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Port St. Willow is the solo vehicle of ambient pop artist Nick Principle. The project started in 2009 when Principle was living in Portland, Oregon, and melded textural atmospheric sounds with soft, slowcore song structures and falsetto vocals. A self-released first album, Even//Wasteland, appeared in late 2010, making the rounds in the form of a hand-stamped CD-R. Principle migrated to Brooklyn in 2012 where he finished and self-released a second album Holiday. Holiday made more of an impression,...
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