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Holy Boy is the musical moniker of LA based alternative artist Helene Alexandra Jæger. After teaching herself the process of automatic writing after a loved one passed away, Norwegian-born Jæger gradually discovered that stream of consciousness writing opened up a new, deeper realm of expression for her as a songwriter. Around these experiments Holy Boy was born.
"An artist whose broad span results in some extremely special music" - Clash Magazine
“Mystifying and atmospheric - Earmilk
Holy Boy’s eponymous debut EP was released June 2017, produced and mixed by Dylan W. Long - a collection of tragic outlier love songs, free spoken word explorations and well crafted rock, exploring the spaces between this world and the next.
Newspaper Bergens Tidende described the EP as “the year’s most beautiful release” comparing Jæger's dark expression with artists David Lynch, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and The Doors. British publication Candid Magazine wrote: ”What makes this project all the more interesting is Jæger’s descriptions of the influencing factors on her work – the relationship between life and death, the conscious and subconscious minds, and existentialism forming the foundations. Borne out of the artist’s own personal experience with death, this has given her the opportunity and emotion to express feelings that, for many people, are inexpressible…”
Several tracks from Holy Boy’s debut EP were picked up by CMJ radio stations, and single ‘The Blood Moon’ was premiered on BBC Radio 1.
Holy Boy's arrangements are sparse, organ based rock full of atmosphere: There's the brief Rhodes lament heavily drenched in tape echo ”Saturn”, abrasive and heavy “The Blood Moon” which juxtaposes medieval viols and church organs with a 70s Led Zeppelin beat, the drugged up, drum led organ piece “Funeral” which features spoken word poetry experiments in consciousness push through haunting vocal effects...
“There's a black, black flame that's dancing in me, burn me till I'm pure as snow” Jaeger croons in her old soul contralto - a voice that's had her compared to Velvet Underground's Nico, and with good reason.
As Jaeger puts it, Holy Boy is an experiment in emotion and consciousness, "channeling the ghosts of rock".