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Hays Holladay, one-half of electro-pop wunderkinds Bluebrain, released his first solo album, Life Swap, as a free download today. The eight-track LP, which Holladay began recording last year between various Bluebrain projects, is mellower and maybe a bit more sprawling than Bluebrain’s output. Holladay’s blend of synths, drum machines, and looping software have created a set of songs like “Wax Moon” and the closing track “Never I’m Not” that evoke some distant, unattainable horizon—a great soundtrack for floating through space. Life Swap is not Holladay’s first attempt at a solo album, but the first he’s seen to completion. “I’ve had a lot of things that were almost ready to go but then something came up,” he told Washington City Paper in January when discussing the album’s seventh track, “It’s a Boy.”
Part of the album will released this fall as a 5-inch EP on Cricket Cemetery. There are “no real plans,” Holladay says, for a full physical release. Download it for free here.
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Bluebrain performs Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $5.