“Eidolon” is Through Waves’ sixth – and likely, last – album. This time, things take the sad, but expected turn, as Raine Holtz finally understands that perhaps this world isn’t meant for her anyway.
From the enchanted shack where she’s been forced to live since her feminine becoming, Raine now boldly crosses the boundaries and steps into the world that denied her, experiencing all the gruesome realities of life as a foul transsexual outcast. The gentle otherworldliness that hangs about her faerie-like demeanor is a menace to the common folk, and while innocently searching for a different kind of man, she is repeatedly shunned back into the swampy riverbeds where she made her earthly abode; and as an obvious result, what comes out of it is pure, pure magic.
As a child who only now begins to understand the world around, Raine sings mournfully about her sad condition and those who won’t permit her presence; swift and furtive lovers that fall for her vague charms, but can only love her if a deal of secrecy and silence is struck. The gentle discovery of sexuality and subsequent burning desires puts her out hunting for the lumberjacks that deforest her home, and for the first time her life is endangered by something more than only her own hand. From legends of drowned women, failed attempts to conjure a boy-friend and her inscrutable relationship with her own body, she builds a long and diversified album, the likes of which seldom spring from the underground these days.
“Eidolon” is a musical journey way more polished than Through Waves’ previous works. An acoustic atmosphere creates an intimate experience that is stripped from the dramatic excesses of past albums, and a far more cohesive line is set throughout the sixteen songs that compose it. Strings of all families are strung and bowed alongside her well-known hurdy-gurdy, and she isn’t shy about slapping her branch-like fingers on a vast array of percussions, from Brazilian and African origins to the traditional Middle-eastern types. What voice now comes from this transformed woman is nearly unrecognizable from the other albums, and still she floats moth-like and frail atop the beautiful melodies enclosed in this work. “Eidolon” sounds like a hot summer afternoon by the river, when otters frolic around and buzzing cicadas weave strange music from the woodland surroundings; undeniably beautiful, this really could be a fine ending to a tormented life and career, should that be the case.
Presented as a limited edition square hardcover book, with 40 pages and CD, and a regular edition disc in jewelcase with 4-pages insert.
released September 3, 2016
© 2016 Through Waves/The Schooner Harbour.
Written, composed, performed, designed, produced, recorded & engineered by Raine Holtz at The Schooner Harbour studio. Photos by Jennyfer Loesch.
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