Starting out as a concept album, and recorded sporadically from January 2016, the long-awaited second effort from Stockholm based Holy (the project of Hannes Ferm) quickly developed into a vivid, deeply personal exploration of our relationship with the night - imagining the wonders that it holds beyond the stars - while battling with inner demons back in reality. What do we discover about ourselves in the early hours as our minds are racing and we can't sleep? How do our day-to-day experiences and emotions end up influencing our dreams? Is there really alien life out there, and if there is, would they understand the meaning when we say we're feeling alien?
Musically, All These Worlds Are Yours bursts with the youthful joy of listening to David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars or Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, a True Star for the first time. Underneath the layers of piano flourishes and psychedelic swirls, All These Worlds... is unmistakably and unashamedly inspired by the great glam-rock records. Taken as a whole, it's a romanticized painting of the early ‘70s - full of Rocky Horror Picture Show swagger and Brian Eno-esque art pop. It's freaky, it's theatrical, it's alien - but above all us, it's decidedly human.
All These Worlds... has the qualities of a rock opera, but it's far more nuanced and grounded than the drama that envelops them typically. It takes traditional, timeless, classic songwriting and revitalizes it with modern anxieties, millennial ennui and a distinct coming-of-age charm.