Flagstaff’s Blonde Holly Debuts with Soothing, Dreamy Single “Making Moves”

Blonde Holly © Jacob Cummings
Blonde Holly © Jacob Cummings
A tender sonic daydream radiating out from under a southwestern sun, Blonde Holly’s debut single “Making Moves” is a warm and welcome introduction.
Stream: “Making Moves” – Blonde Holly




This song plays a dance between nostalgia and growing up.

A tender sonic daydream radiating out from under a southwestern sun, Blonde Holly’s debut single is a warm and welcome introduction. Intimate, sun-soaked, and deeply introspective, “Making Moves” radiates cozy indie folk and dream pop rays as the artist comes into his own with poetic grace, charm, and heartfelt honesty.

Blonde Holly art
Blonde Holly art
I can’t figure it out
Was it something I said?
I’m just making moves
Does it feel so strong?
Does it come out wrong?
When the mid strikes night
Will I lose my hope?
I keep finding routes to my core

Independently released June 24, 2021, “Making Moves” is an exciting fresh start for Flagstaff, Arizona singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Bagley. A member of indie folk band Tow’rs (we premiered their single “Pink Confetti” back in 2019), Bagley’s music under the solo moniker of Blonde Holly is a sweet, tranquilizing seduction. He dives deep into himself on his debut single, enveloping the ears in a hypnotic wash of lush guitars, gentle drums, and hushed but clear vocals that wander through caverns of self-reflection and vivid emotional pastures of experience and discovery.

I can feel my love talking me to shapes
When I find myself, I will give my best
Get it off my chest
I keep finding routes to my core
Blonde Holly © Jacob Cummings
Blonde Holly © Jacob Cummings

“There are words like subtly and idiosyncrasies found in my songs that I interact with,” Bagley tells Atwood Magazine, “But for me, the highlight of these songs is rather a presentation to sit on your lap. With various writing approaches like sub-conscious or a hymnal prose, maybe you’ll feel a night-time nostalgia in ‘Making Moves.'”

Tell me one more time
Will this all work out?
People come and go
Find a way to stay

For Bagley, his debut “plays a dance between nostalgia and growing up.” It’s a song of tides; of feeling tethered to two poles, and balancing conflicting worlds within the self. “When the mid strikes night, will I lose my hope?” he asks, going on to repeat the refrain, “I keep finding routes to my core.” His lyrics betray an uncertainty about the present, past, and future – but ultimately, he clings to his roots and the foundations within to see his way through the obscuring darkness, and up into a new day.

Recorded by Kyle Miller (Tow’rs), mixed by Yuuki Matthews (The Shins), and arranged by Bagley, “Making Moves” proves a memorable introduction to Blonde Holly, who himself will continue to make moves throughout the year: He is set to release a sophomore single later in July, hopefully followed by more songs this fall.

For now, we can get our fill of rest and relaxation alongside the soothing, meditative sounds of “Making Moves,” out now.

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