Holy Spirit Social Club is the debut album from Leeds based Elkyn, released by Curation Records. The album sees elkyn aka Joey Donnelly put his uncensored inner dialogue on paper, bravely airing the thoughts most wouldn’t dare expose. Whether that’s hurtful messages to one’s self, vague and elusive memories or lingering lessons from childhood, it’s all here on Holy Spirit Social Club, unfiltered and searingly honest.
Rainy regret-tinged evenings, like this one, dominate Holy Spirit Social Club. ‘Last Night’ concerns the final night he spent with a friend, considering the ensuing loneliness that awaits. While ‘Change’ finds him on the streets of Yorkshire, revisiting his family home and wondering whether he had fulfilled his father’s desire for him to ‘Become a Man’ - a sore point that resurfaces again and again on Holy Spirit Social Club.
Whilst Elkyn isn’t exactly kind to himself on Holy Spirit Social Club, it does see him lift a monumental weight from his shoulders. In Elkyn’s words, it’s “an interim into writing nicer songs and being nicer to myself”. In creating Holy Spirit Social Club, he has faced demons that he’s shied away from for too long, finding a way back to himself that previously felt impossible. It’s only by sitting with your darkest moments that you can begin to glimpse the light - Holy Spirit Social Club is proof of that and a whole lot more.
For fans of Elliott Smith, Villagers, Novo Amor etc.
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