UK Singer-Songwriter Holly Rees Heads Out On Canadian Tour
Holly Rees is a poet. With her heart splayed open, she weaves soul stories into indie gems that dabble in tender sweetness and quirky angst. Her discography is mostly one big sob-fest, but every once in a while, she’ll comfort the hole she leaves with an upbeat indie-rock romp.
This year, the UK singer-songwriter has decided to drop everything in pursuit of a Canadian tour. She’ll be hitting nearly 30 dates over the next seven months, leaving pieces of her poetry throughout her Canadian adventure. The coolest part? She was invited to perform at this year’s Canadian Music Week (next month!), the leading industry conference and music festival in Canada. It’s a huge deal — Holly will have the opportunity to perform among fellow talented musicians, be scouted by major A&R reps, and attend a whole bunch of cool events pertaining to the industry she loves.
We love Holly here at The Music Mermaid and we’re so excited for her to embark on this special tour so we want your help! Holly’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure the funds to fly over to Canadian Music Week — she’s offering a ton of cool rewards from handwritten lyrics to custom cover videos and more. If you’d like to support her, you can donate to her Indiegogo here. Even sharing the campaign will do wonders!
Just in case you don’t want to take our word for it that Holly deserves your support, check out some of our most favorite Holly Rees songs below:
“Felt Something”: Sweet and languishing, this track off Holly’s debut EP, Ilex, packs the kind of gut-punch that lands with a bruise. There’s nothing big and grand about most of Holly’s songs — they’re all wisps, these small ghosts sent out on soft waves of acoustic strums plucked with great care. This is one her most tender efforts, made only more earnest by some of her best lines yet, like “she’s thistle and mist in the morning / she’s something I don’t understand.” It’s the kind of song that feels like watching the rain fall, a sort of wistful ache that punctures a cloud of comfort.
“Arms”: Off her 2018 EP, Slow Down, this track finds Holly’s songwriting in the forefront of a sparse acoustic arrangement. Things are somewhere between hopeful and hopeless — she relays some raw truths about the limbo between love and loss, that chasm you don’t know whether to fall into or crawl out of. The lyrics are pure poetry, Holly’s voice is sweetness, and her quick rhythms move the track along at a steady pace.
“Last Summer”: There’s something so special about watching Holly Rees play in her element — bare-bones, stripped-back, solo, and so ready to be honest. In this demo, she delivers a pretty ballad that finds her vocal range spanning great distances — from breath to belt.