Alt-folk musician Reylta shares her sensual hymn ‘Holy’ today. ‘Holy’ is the fifth single off her forthcoming debut album Everything Unsaved Will Be Lost. The LP, which she describes as a “macabre lullaby,” will be self-released on 11th of October.
The track takes inspiration from Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, as Reylta wanted to write a song about sex also rife with religious imagery, and musical cues from Damien Rice’s track ‘The Blower’s Daughter’. Reylta sings of her anxiety and guilt around being the dominant partner in a relationship, especially as a woman: “And I’m sure I’m bittering his sweetness.”
‘Holy’ follows previous releases ‘October’ ‘Lucifer’s Love / Leannán an Diabhail’ ‘Closer’ and ‘Sightseeing’.
The County Galway native began writing music at just eleven, with musical influences including Florence and the Machine, Damien Rice, and Hozier. She’s played with an eight-piece band since 2017, and they are an essential component of her work. Reylta composes pieces, and each player brings their unique style, creating an unmatched synergy. The band size varies, with each member influencing the tone and emulating trad performers with a classic, melancholic folk-pop vibe.