Steady Holiday is the project of Los Angeles-based musician Dre Babinski. She’s been putting out dreamy one-offs over the past few months — “Your Version Of Me,” “No Matter, “When I See Color” — and today she’s announcing her debut album with the beguiling “Open Water.” It’s one of those songs that feels both fresh and new and like it’s been around for a hundred years, a standard from a different world. Babinski’s voice rarely rises above a whisper, but she inhabits each word with a fight-or-flight urgency. The song is about tapping into an inner power that is so often subsumed, that only comes through when you need it most. “Hold me down in open water, it gives me such a rush,” she coos in the final verse. “I’m holding onto weakness only as a ploy/ ‘Cause nothing’s ever gonna change the way I feel when I destroy.” That definitive final statement echoes throughout the rest of the track, providing a menacing undertone to Babinski’s murmur. Listen below.
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