Enigmatic Estonian four-piece Holy Motors evoke sun-scorched, Wild Western terrains with their nonchalant, hazy guitar lines and vocalist Eliann Tulve’s smoky, aloof vocals. As they release their latest single ‘Endless Night’ today, we caught up with Tulve for a quick chat.

On ‘Endless Night’ Holy Motors’ flair for crafting expansive and cinematic soundscapes shines through. Tulve’s disarming vocals purvey a certain world-weary quality beyond her 22 years as her melancholic, ethereal intonations float gracefully amidst cantering percussion and shimmering guitar twangs. At the core of Holy Motors’ songwriting is a propensity for compelling storytelling and ‘Endless Night’, the second track from their upcoming new album Horse, furthers this.

Speaking on the track guitarist and songwriter Lauri Raus details “I woke up. It was still morning. Last night the Virginia state police had pulled our van over somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley and the officer on duty insisted we abstain from further driving and stay the night or what was left of it anyway right there in little “Helltown” Front Royale. Iggy Pop was on TV the next morning. We had buttered waffles and coffee and I had a feeling I was going to write a song about the country brown linen and curtains we had in our motel that night.”

Three words to describe our music…
– Dreamy cowgirl music.
 
Last photo on your phone…
– is a mystical photo I took of ‘herb-paris’, the true lover’s knot I met when mushroom hunting.
Favourite instagram account…
– i haven’t been on Instagram for some time now so I’ll give a photographer recommendation instead: Lorena Lohr. She photographs the American midwest and deserts, there’s a lot to love. 
 
The best venue I’ve played…
– On the concert organiser’s rooftop in Roma in the midst of summer
 
Earliest song you remember…
– I spent my childhood going to Gregorian chant concerts and putting on some Indian music cassettes for the drive to the kindergarten. I loved those cassettes. We never listened to the radio in the family so that’s all I knew back then. 
 
The thing I most love to cook is…
– Pancakes! 
 
My Favourite word…
– Suikuma. It means to drift off in Estonian. 
 
A book I love…
– Milan Kundera “The Unbearable Lightness Of Being” 
 
Things that cheer me up…
– Meteor showers in August. Morning swim. Putting on some good music while driving. Going to the movies. 
 
If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
– Knotty Pine in Front Royal, Virginia.
 
I think you should listen to…
– TOPS!
If I could see anyone play live it would be…
– The Birthday Party
 


‘Horse’ is out October 16th via Wharf Cat Records. Pre-order here.

Photo Credit: Grete Ly Valing