Still in her late twenties, JOLIE HOLLAND has a ghostly voice that channels a one-hundred-year-old soul. On ESCONDIDA ( ANTI), her proper studio debut, the Houston-area native who co-founded the Be Good Tanyas (she quit) winds her pitch-bending timbre through sparse and odd instrumentation. The album haunts a bygone era of American pop yet defies convention, and Holland’s artful ruminations (“I saw you tonight/By the light/Of the shining black stars/That circle my heart”) spill forth like narratives, making little distinction between verse and chorus.

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