PRAISE FOR WINDOWS 'This is a high achievement.' Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields), New York City 'Album Of The Week...sublime...surreal...lovely' WNYC's Soundcheck 'Sophisticated, Beatlesque melodies and harmonies make Windows a compelling listen...dark, whimsical, captivating...expert, creative pop...Three listens and you'll be hooked.' **** (4 stars) -- Toronto Eye Weekly 'All the Michaels in the World...is one of the best songs you will ever hear...The album opens intriguingly with a reflective piece by composer Alexander Scriabin (think Satie), morphs into a full band pop song, and several more, all charming and youthful in a Beatlesy way...Let's face it; Michael Holt is a musical charmer.' showtimemagazine.ca 'A sublime record that mixes musical influences including but not limited to the Beatles, Dylan, Ravel, Ron Sexsmith...inspiring...gorgeous...haunting' CJN Michael Holt has been playing music all his life as a solo performer, songwriter, composer, and band member. Originally from New York City, he has toured Europe and North America many times over with pop band The Mommyheads, improv group Mushroom, and The David Celia band. He is now based in Toronto and continues to tour from there. His live show draws on all his solo albums, Mommyheads albums, and creative covers to interweave music as as diverse as Fellini-esque lounge, Scriabin-esque classical, Beefheart-esque experimentation, and Beatlesy pop. What brings it all together is Michael's unique harmonic flavor and his intimate, direct connection with his audience. PRAISE FOR MICHAEL HOLT 'Michael Holt writes an all-too-rare kind of music, in which sophistication is in the service of emotion. His songs are really smart, but you realize that only after you first experience them as intimate, direct, and deeply meaningful." David Garland, WNYC, America's most-listened-to public radio station 'Michael, you are the best...you are one of my few heroes on the planet. You had a huge influence on me! I hope you know that.' John Vanderslice, Barsuk recording artist 'Michael Holt deserves all the press he can muster. His new record, a spilt CD with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, recalls early Big Star with his quavering vocals and sweet pop timing.' Craig Bonnell, songs: Illinois "It was certainly a surprise to find out that Michael Holt was a member of both the great improv funk-jazz outfit, Mushroom, and the stellar art-pop band the Mommyheads. Making it less surprising to find that this adventurous composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has released an excellent album of crafted pop songs under his own name in 2003." Ian Danzig, owner and publisher, Exclaim!, Canada's foremmost music paper 'Michael was the keyboard player in The Mommyheads and now releases sublime solo records. Pilot Single is a full-blown band affair with some divine power-pop nuggets. I'm Here With You is a lovely Pink Moonesque collection of bare-bones guitar and voice lullabies.' Luke Jackson, Popsicle 'Holt hit it big with The Mommyheads, a group how disbanded that still has a cult-like following and tribute bands. He's hard to peg and easy to listen to with a smooth voice and bright pop melodies.' Sue Harrison, The Provincetown Banner, 12/14/06 'Michael Holt is a songwriter who has recently rediscovered his love of playing the piano. His personal, powerful songs have been described as 'heartcore,' and he'll join host David Garland to talk about and play them at WNYC's Steinway. Michael will also be the first Spinning On Air guest to perform a piano prelude by early 20th Century Russian composer Alexander Scriabin!' wnyc.org blurb for appearance on WNYC radio, 10/2/05 'Michael is an ex-pat New Yorker who thrilled us in the late '80s/early '90s with the Connotations, Pyjama Garden, Birds & Bombers and the Mommyheads. The guy can write and sing, go see him.' Church Of Betty Calendar Of Events, NYC, 2/12/05 'Michael Holt is a diamond among too many rhinestones. He brings empathy, ingenuity and raw dignity to his lexicon of heartfelt songs.' Bob Wiseman, Toronto songwriter 'Michael Holt is a gifted writer...soaring pop melodies are often accompanied by his brilliant piano playing...His songs bravely bare an an emotional sensitivity combined with powerful pop hooks.' Rich Burnett, Toronto songwriter.
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