Available online via Amazon, Google Play and iTunes, this release is billed as an EP but is actually more of a mini-album, with seven tracks recorded solo by musician and songwriter Holly Henderson. Not yet 21, but with extensive experience already performing live as well as writing and recording her own material, she was previously known to many as guitarist ‘Kitty Vacant’ from her time with all-girl band The Sex Pissed Dolls. To those who only know her for blasting out powerchords and joking with the fans this EP will come as a surprise, since the material is very laid-back and chilled out. She is also known for her artwork, and this EP features a piece of her work as the cover art.
The songs are all home recordings, produced whenever she could find time in her busy schedule of touring and all collated for the first time on this EP. She lures the listener in with first track ‘Breakdown’ with some gentle guitar noodling and a dreamy, etheral vocal. The template is similar throughout the EP, although she does play some tastefully bluesy licks in ‘Life Has A Bug (I Fell Ill)’. There are harder guitar parts there too, blistering solos are introduced when you’re already lulled into a false sense of security such as the stunning solos on ‘Your Hands’ and title track ‘Opium Drip’. These songs are not heavy in the rock sense, but are very heavy on feel and emotion, you really sense she’s poured much of herself into these songs, they tend to start off slow and quiet but build into climactic crescendos.
Overall, this EP is best listened to when played late at night with the lights dimmed, sat on your favourite chair with a glass of wine. She was always destined for far more than spending her evenings bashing out I-IV-V chord sequences, and this material shows a far greater depth to her talent than was apparent during her Kitty Vacant days. I look forward to seeing how her songwriting develops in the coming years, be it solo or with DORJA (the all-girl hard rock band she is a member of currently), as she has already demonstrated the ability to pen two-minute punky thrashabouts as well as radio-friendly hard rockers. Now we see a more introspective side to her writing, and I predict she will be much in demand both as a performer and as a writer in years to come.
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