‘MY SWEET DECLINE’ – COMING SOON
Lerski’s songs have a deft touch and, like her musical hero Jeff Buckley, an air of spiritual redemption. Q
‘My Sweet Decline’ is an album rooted in the light and space of the English countryside but with its heart and songwriting eagerly embracing the Californian sunshine… and with a soul soaked in the warm sounds and even warmer community of Nashville.
Nashville, aka Music City, is home to an astonishing musical culture – embracing Americana, Rock, Latin, Soul, Country and every possible cross-pollination of these… and more. In his book ‘Beyond The Beat’, Dan Cornfield describes Nashville – known as ‘Music City – as having ‘a culture of generous cross-promotion, mentoring and collaboration’
Quietly brilliant folk-pop with a gorgeous voice – Sunday Times
This culture of generosity, collaboration and friendship delivered a revolving cast-of diverse Nashville talent, meticulous musicianship and camaraderie into the quick-fire recording sessions for ‘My Sweet Decline’, with impeccable talents such as SistaStrings (who played the Grammy’s with Alice Russell and Brandi Carlile the night before recording), drummer Josh Hunt (who plays with Alison Krauss) and the multi-talented mastering engineer Alex McCollough who still found time for some gorgeous pedal steel + electric guitar.
Production was shared by the impeccably connected & respected Matt ‘Truck’ Roley and Holly, as were bass and piano duties… all this coupling with Holly’s lush acoustic guitar and crystal clear vocals, amongst the rich melodies.
You’ll be hard pressed to find sounds more achingly lovely – Mojo
The album was recorded at ‘Bunkernoise’ – a studio built by Roley, in the grounds of his wild compound, beside the banks of the Cumberland river.
The original demos were laid down with Hutch at Studio City in LA (Hutch played on this years Grammy Winning ‘Song of the Year’, with Bonnie Raitt – as did the other musicians on the demos…), sadly these were cut short by the large black cloud of covid.
Delicately interwoven guitars, melodies and songs – The Sunday Telegraph
The album that emerged from the confines and claustrophobia of covid, with heartbreak looming large within the lyrics, the upbeat feel and spirit of the album owes much to a Kerouac inspired songwriting road trip, that also included iconic music lovers hotspot stop-offs, adding songs daily in Carmel, San Fran, Big Sur and the Joshua Tree, resulting in a cohesive sound that feels wide open to a world of possibilities…
Evokes the felicitous spirit of Vashti Bunyan or latterday Eddi Reader – Uncut
Honing her singer-songwriting craft firstly as Angelou and latterly as Holly Lerski, over 4 albums in 20 years, plus countless singles/ ep’s and tours – with the likes of John Hiatt, Jason Mraz, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Josh Rouse and The Cranberries – Holly’s musical journey has culminated in Nashville, living and recording with the cream of the musical crop and a bespoke new album that demands multiple listens. Building on the acclaimed ‘The Wooden House’ album, ‘My Sweet Decline’ is at once intimate (using shared mic’s in the studio) and tender but also full of wide-eyed ‘open road’ wonder and inspiration, breaking free from covid and constraint, on Highway 395, and through the National Parks en route to the warm embrace of Nashville.