TIA GOSTELOW & HOLY HOLY, “Always”
It’s a good strategy for performers on the rise to combine forces and bring the best of everything they have to offer to the table, especially not being particularly known outside of their own country. Tia Gostelow won Australia radio station Triple J’s Album of the Year last year, and the duo of Holy Holy have placed a few songs in the upper reaches of the ARIA charts. Combined together they have millions and millions of streams to their credit, and the original “Always” is a winner. The vocals by Tia and Holy Holy singer Timothy Carroll are affecting enough together to drive the song home, and an acoustic rendition would be a welcome alternate take on it. However the production here also accentuates lush synths which are an electronic blanket for the longing in the lyrics. “Always” would certainly sound great next to Dua Lipa and Harry Styles on the radio.