Holy Holy - 'Messed Up'

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One of Australia’s most beloved groups Holy Holy return with a bold new single ‘Messed Up’ featuring rapper Kwame, a song unlike anything they have released before. The track arrives with a striking video directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and is the first taste of Holy Holy’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled fifth album, which will feature surprise collaborations with an iconic Australian dance music duo, local and international hip hop artists, and more.

"At first we wondered, is this a Holy Holy song?” says Oscar Dawson, production whiz and multi-instrumentalist for the perennially buzzy, ARIA double platinum-certified act. “But once we finished making ‘Messed Up’ with Kwame, I think it was undeniable,” says Tim Carroll, Holy Holy singer and guitarist. “It makes me feel things and works on a bunch of different levels.”

‘Messed Up’ is a daring move by the group. An arpeggiated synth floats under Kwame’s confessional lyrics before the rapper throws the shackles off and purges the line “Being with you feels so damn messed up!”, launching the track into a drum ‘n’ bass beast at 180 beats per minute.

Holy Holy first met Kwame while they were working in a Sydney studio on a different track with rising Australian rapper Tasman Keith. The interaction went so well, Dawson and Carroll sent him home with some instrumentals they had been tinkering on for some time. Less than 24 hours later, Kwame sent them his vocal ideas over an instrumental labelled ‘Messed Up’ – a song the pair had previously been unable to progress. They knew they were onto something and flew the Sydney artist down to Dawson’s new studio in Rye in regional Victoria to complete the track.

Fans can witness that chemistry when Holy Holy bring Kwame along for a national tour taking in capital cities and regional areas, along with previous collaborators Clews and upcoming artist Medhanit. With a reputation as one of Australia’s best live acts, Holy Holy will debut new material alongside favourites from their top 5 ARIA Album 'Hello My Beautiful World' and their growing catalogue of hits including 'True Lovers', 'Maybe You Know', and 'Teach Me About Dying'.

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