BABYSUE review of RESTLESS YOUTH LP
Hollands - Restless Youth (Independently released CD, Pop)
Hollands is the New York City-based duo of John-Paul Norpoth and Jannina Norpoth. Together, the two are taking a decidedly unorthodox approach to pop music, all the while creating music that is instantly stimulating and inviting. Restless Youth swerves all over the road in terms of sounds and styles. But rather than being an exercise in overkill, these tracks simply combine interesting sounds and ideas from a wide variety of sources...and then deliver them to the listener with a surprisingly friendly and simple overall sound. Even though many of these songs sound strangely familiar, we really can't come up with any obvious comparisons or possible influences. Twelve intelligent dazzling tracks here, and they all hit the target. Our initial favorites include "Always," "Stoner Lawyer," "Good Luck," and "Sugarplums."