One of the prerequisites for a fruitful life is to remind yourself of its ultimate fragility. Much the same effect can be achieved from this brilliant new LP from 27-year London vets Band of Holy Joy. The message is, "Wake up, take a deep breath, and appreciate this life for all you’re worth." It's a ten-song trip where variety and a wide spectrum of emotions ensure you end up listening from beginning to end. For example, the stunning "Observer’s Book of Bird's Eggs" is like nothing you'll hear this year, as frontman Johny Brown evokes the wide-eyed, tender passion of childhood obsession. And after decrying the waste of modern society, the realization comes that, in the end, "What matters to me is surely, how we treat each other." As Brown concludes, "What a compelling thing this life is." In Butterfly, Holy Joy have made music to match.
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