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Album Review

Michigan duo Hollow & Akimbo's 2014 self-titled full-length features the group's melodic, lightly experimental indie pop. Centered around former Mason Proper bandmates Jonathan Visger and Brian Konicek, Hollow & Akimbo first garnered attention with their 2013 EP, Pseudoscience. That release revealed the duo's knack for mixing electronic music and tape loops with a melodic pop songcraft. Here, Hollow & Akimbo move away somewhat from their previous lo-fi laptop sound with a handful of songs that, while still tinged with an electronic experimentation, are more organic and traditional in style. Visger and Konicek mix crunchy electric guitars, pianos, drums, and handclaps next to synth-y soundscapes, electronic bleeps, and skittering, percussive beats. These are arty, somewhat psychedelic songs that bring to mind a dreamy American Midwestern take on '80s British post-punk. In that sense, the album fits nicely alongside such similarly inclined acts as Field Music, the Shins, and Postal Service. Often, as in the case of such songs as "Still Life" and "Molecule," Hollow & Akimbo build a song slowly with extended intros that envelope you in layers of ambient sound before the melodic and lyrical content grabs your attention. Other cuts, like the pounding "Fever Dream" and "The One Who Has to Carry You Home," are more aggressive and reveal Hollow & Akimbo's roots in the frenetic, guitar-wielding indie rock outfit Mason Proper. Ultimately, Hollow & Akimbo have made a thoughtful, artfully produced album with sophisticated qualities that deepen the more you listen.

Customer Reviews

Not what I expected...

This album blew me away and shattered any expectations I had for a debut. As a two man band they are sonically complex but not nearly overdone. The synthy layers, expert mixing and sweet guitar riffs leaves you awestruck. Singularity is the obvious blockbuster but there's plenty of other goodness to fall in love with. The closer, Instead of a Head, is one such tune. It's a twisty little guitar with excellent shuffling percussion.... and infectious as hell. Try to keep your foot still. I dare ya. Trunk of a Dead Tree, Still Life, Fever Dreams... The list goes on. Give it a chance and it will reward you generously.

Psych Major

Purest band out there as of now, give them a listen, and listen.

All Around a Gem.

This Album is Fantastic. You could say Dale Jr. Jr. with a slight Funky Attitude. These songs keep me wanting more of everything they offer. Ive listened to this album countless times over and over. . . it's not going to get old. Much Love in Great Music. -Jake


Formed: 2011 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Hollow & Akimbo is the Michigan-based indie pop project of Jonathan Visger and Brian Konicek, who previously played together in the band Mason Proper. Following Mason Proper's 2008 album, Olly Oxen Free, Visger began a solo studio-based venture called Absofacto, self-releasing various singles and EPs over the next several years. He and Konicek later reconnected and began recording music together in a similar vein to the experimental art pop of their previous band. With the Hollow & Akimbo...
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