When you’ve made a career over the past decade of making high-wire tight rock – increasingly guided by synths but hewing to your core – where do you go on your fourth album?

Straight along that wire, folks.

Hello My Beautiful World is another showcase of Oscar Dawson and Tim Carroll’s prodigious skill for playing the high moments off the lows, and driving roiling verses towards soaring choruses. It’s the flourishes that make the thing: the muted picking on opener Believe Anything, the trembling outro of Ghosts, Port Rd’s gusting melodrama, and the sweeping spoken word of the title track that feels like it’s gesturing at a latter day Bad Seeds record.

Grounded but epic, Hello My Beautiful World is a tremendous package.

Hello My Beautiful World by Holy Holy is out August 20 via Sony.

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