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Holly Golightly



It's late, but who knows how late. You lost your watch days ago. The bar is full, but strangely quiet. Then you hear the band, whose slow, reverbed-out, Phil Spector-esque guitar is balanced by a reassuring, soulful bass line and simple, almost mechanical Joe Meek-style drums. A spotlight cuts through the curtain of cigarette smoke and illuminates a graceful lady who sings with the only voice you want to hear at that moment. A voice infused with longing, lost love, and possibly bourbon. She is Holly Golightly. You may know her as a member of the Headcoatees (the female counterparts to Billy Childish's Headcoats), but this time around, Ms. Golightly has taken her sultry blend of country and soul out on her own. Well, not completely on her own: Golightly plays double bass, while her close compatriot Dan Melchior plays guitar and sings backup and Bruce Brand applies his ultimate wisdom to the drum kit. The results are intoxicating tributes to unforetold woe and ill-gotten gain, a little bit country, a little bit bluesy, and a little bit...British. It might return you to your senses, or it might just push you over the edge.

The good news is that you don't have to travel far to experience this stew, because Ms. Golightly tours the States regularly and has recorded prolifically on a number of U.S. labels (and a couple of Japanese ones). Long Beach's Sympathy For The Record Industry is one such label. They've released a couple Golightly singles and three of her albums, including the delightful '98 live album Up the Empire. That's an enjoyably immediate, warm, lo-fi affair on which Golightly plays with a five-piece band. It yielded "Won't Go Out." Meanwhile, "Your Love Is Mine" comes from a Flapping Jet Records single issued the same year. So drink up Holly Golightly's witch's brew and order another, because she will not let you slip away unaffected.