Austin new wave/synthpop project Holy Wire (aka Alain Paradis) has announced the release of his highly-anticipated debut album ‘The Ending of an Age‘, produced by Abe Seiferth (Nation of Language, Yeasayer).
To mark the announcement Paradis has shared his new single “I Still Feel Alone All The Time“. The album will be out on June 5 via A la Carte Records. Pre-order it here.
Holy Wire carved out a niche taking early post-punk and cold-wave sounds and refashioning them into hi-fi synth-pop. “I Still Feel Alone All The Time“, doubles down on this approach, refining a style that’s somewhere between Grauzone and Hall And Oates. The music hangs on a precipice where robotic drums, rigid basslines, and synthetic blips out of a soviet laboratory give way to a gauzy, dreamlike chorus. Icy synths ebb and flow, instilling a sense of perpetual winter.
Sung from the perspective of talking to a lover, I Still Feel Alone All The Time touches on a greater sense of loneliness; of living in a crowded city, seemingly brimming with opportunities for connection, but just as alienating.
Take a listen below.
After floating around Brooklyn and playing in a few bands (Fixtures, Miserable Chillers, Your Dream Coat), his prolonged search for community eventually led Paradis to the music scene in Austin, Texas, where he moved in 2021. Paradis cannibalized a years-forgotten solo project, reminted as Holy Wire, and enlisted a rotating cast of musicians for the live show, with members of DAIISTAR, Pelvis Wrestley, and Cloud Champion making cameos. Since its inception, Holy Wire has opened for The KVB, Urban Heat, and Xeno and Oaklander.
1. A War I Never Win
2. I Still Feel Alone All The Time
4. Forgive Me
5. Worse For Wear
6. Fault Lines
7. The Ending Of An Age
8. Twenty Six
9. Phantom Nihilism
10. Other Lives