Whitley, Feist, Sarah Blasko
Feist , sarah blasko, Gillian Welch, Paul Kelly
Providing ‘wonderfully sweet’ guest vocals on Whitley’s single ‘My Heart is not a Machine’, local Melbourne musician Esther Holt’s introduction to the Australian public was in 2013 when she travelled with her band to perform with Whitley around Australia and at Splendour in the Grass.
Whilst Esther has one full release to her name she is no stranger to the Melbourne music scene, performing at local venues as a regular guest vocalist with Yuko Nishiyama and Lily Parker.
Producer Colin Leadbetter (Whitley, Sarah Blasko) was enlisted on production duties for Esther’s debut EP ‘Countless Verse’ which received spins on radio stations Triple R, FBi and 4ZZZ. After taking some time out to write and record, this time Lawrence Greenwood (Whitley, Sleep Decade) has jumped on board with Leadbetter for her follow up EP ‘Cat & Mouse’.
Cat & Mouse is a self-assured second release where melodies swell with a disarming honesty. A collection of neo-folk compositions, Esther has conjured a moody blend of country infused folk. Tucked away in a home studio in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Cat & Mouse came to life over
Momentum and intrigue is simmering for Esther as she receives airplay across Australian community:
“talented... stunning... moody... sweet... beautifully sharp... angelic... lush... indie-folk... delicate... haunting... gorgeous... moving... uplifting... solemn... dynamic... intrigued”
Cat & Mouse is a journey, Esther takes your hand and leads you into a space carved with an honest subtlety and wild hopefulness. She invites you in.