Hollow Sunshine is a doomgaze/sludge-rock/post-grunge duo from California. Vocalist Morgan Enos is also the center of a RHP-esque folk-rock band called Other Houses. Multi-instrumentalist Reuben Sawyer is also in a band called Blood Bright Star. Sawyer is most known, though, for being a graphic artist who has worked with Deafheaven and Chelsea Wolfe, among others.
The band put out one album in 2013, two EPs in 2014, and a new album called Bring Gold this spring. This is another one of those things that I simply stumbled upon. I don’t know anything about them, and the internet isn’t any help.
I know that I like this, though. There’s no getting around the fact that Enos sounds a little like a young Mark Kozelek. That’s enhanced by the way the vocals are treated with a bit of delay or reverb or whatever, and the result sounds like the first (Rollercoaster) of the two self-titled RHP records. Of course the music is quite a bit heavier than even the heaviest RHP song, but still…
“Firmament” by Hollow Sunshine
I love the way that this is simultaneously bright and gloomy. I don’t know what the song is about, but Enos’ warm vocals play off the grimy guitars quite well. To be fair, this is much less sludgy than the other songs I’ve listened to, but you can get a little of the flavor. I also like the sudden stop at the end.
You can order Bring Gold on smokey vinyl or as a digital download via Iron Pier Records here.