- Jennifer Janz
HOLLY WILD - NO LIMITS
Australian singer-songwriter Holly Wild has just released her second single, No Limits.
It’s the follow-up to her debut, Love Chooses You, released earlier in the year. No Limits wastes no time setting the scene: Holly’s more than congenial vocal front and centre and primed to deliver what a surging post-script to some psychological delving. As Holly has said, ‘No Limits is about myself, coming to the realisation that the only thing holding me back, is the limits I’ve placed on myself.’
This is sure to resonate with many, despite the lyric’s point of view and the direct nature of the imagery. And in a word, that’s the essence of No Limits; release. Kicking off with Holly’s vocal and an acoustic guitar, this combination only reinforces the narrative’s nature. Still, it’s not too long before the sonic camera pans out as various guitar textures, rhythmic add-ons and a sense of urgency appear, all geared up for the chorus, whose melody is as inviting as it is consolidating—that is, in respect to the subject matter and Holly’s steadily growing euphonic release.
As Holly has said when asked about the inspiration behind the track, ‘The song was written one sunny afternoon after getting home from a workshop my friend was hosting that invited us to delve deep into our subconscious mind. I went into a ‘trance like’ state during the workshop, and after a day of exploration, I’d apparently ‘shed’ a whole lot of limiting beliefs that I had of myself…beliefs that I’d collected over the course of a lifetime. Some of these were helpful, but many were not helpful.
I came home deeply relaxed with a sense of optimism. I realised that if we had the ability to delve into our past and shed all the preconceived ideas we had of ourselves, ideas that might be holding us back, our potential could be endless.’
‘‘I guess you could say this inspiration comes from my close friends and family and how complex human interactions/emotions can make me feel.’
This is the kind of psychological concept that deserves to be channelled into a felicitous indie-pop song, one which is rife with the nuanced, the intimate, and the galvanising, the celebratory, all making for a well-balanced soundtrack, as it transmutes once again into quite a universal form.
As Holly has said, ‘I guess you could say this inspiration comes from my close friends and family and how complex human interactions/emotions can make me feel.’ Taken from her forthcoming EP, Holly Wild’s No Limits is disarmingly effective.
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