Holly Arrowsmith – Desert Dove: New Song Of The Day

Holly Arrowsmith has just released this brand new song, Desert Dove, just in time for some Australian show dates she has been invited to play.

Here’s what we know:

Holly ArrowsmithBorn in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountains of southern New Zealand, multi award-winning songwriter Holly Arrowsmith invites her listeners into a proverbial landscape both poetic and profoundly human, with a lilt all of her own.

A strong forerunner in New Zealand’s Alt-Country and Folk Revivalist movement, Arrowsmith has captivated music lovers both close to home and abroad with her crystalline voice and perceptive lyrics wedded to memorable, strong melodies.

Her debut album ‘For The Weary Traveller’ received the TUI Award for Folk Album Of The Year in 2017, but her sophomore release was where Arrowsmith came into her own. Co-Produced by Tom Lynch and Ben Edwards, ‘A Dawn I Remember’ was received with critical acclaim in 2018 and saw Holly tour across New Zealand, Australia and North America sharing stages with Sixto Rodgriguez, Tami Neilson, Jessica Pratt, Willie Watson, Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid and Tiny Ruins. The final track ‘Slow Train Creek’ was awarded the APRA Country Song of The Year in 2019.

NPR called Holly one of their top 100 acts to see at SXSW in 2020 and described her music as ‘Utterly beautiful, anchored by a voice that pulls you close and cancels the noise outside.’ Tony Stamp from RNZ called A Dawn I Remember  ‘An accomplished piece of work..warm, confiding, controlled’ while the ODT gave it five stars, praising Arrowsmith for her vocal purity ‘There’s a trio of female singers who come to mind while listening to A Dawn I Remember, and if it sounds like high praise to put Holly on the same page, that’s because her uniqueness demands it…think early Joan Baez or the other superstar voices of Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris’.

Arrowsmith’s live performances have been met with equal praise ‘A pure voice is hard to find. Such a voice underpinned by a soul that reaches out to mesmerise and enchant an audience is even rarer. Holly Arrowsmith provides just that combination. Arrowsmith’s concert…was one of the best performances by a singer-songwriter in an intimate venue that I can recall.  Aotearoa/New Zealand is truly blessed with talented singer-songwriters. Holly Arrowsmith can certainly stand head held high amongst the best of them.’ – Jaquie Walters, Muzic.net.nz

Her most recent release was a Southern Hemisphere Christmas single called ‘All My Lucky Stars Are Gone’ surprising her fans in December of 2021. Since then, Arrowsmith has been crafting a brand new record with producer Thomas Healy (Marlon Williams, Tiny Ruins) basing herself in Otautahi/ Christchurch, New Zealand.