what is the old grey whistle test?
The Old Grey Whistle Test is the pseudonym for the solo musical musings of San Francisco-based vocalist, songwriter, and frontwoman Tracey Holland.
A beaker-full of Nancy Sinatra-noir, Linda Perhacs' psychedelia, Stevie Nicks-mysticism, and Kate Bush-soundscapes, set to a score of Ennio Morricone.
The resulting collection of songs on OGWT's debut, Ouroboros, is a small treasure trove of richness. Both personal and cryptic, Ouroboros revels in an unshakable draw to the subtler, darker aspects of life which are explored intently throughout the album. The complexities of identity, intimacy, gender, sexuality, and even unseen metaphysical forces are all dragged out and sifted through. There’s an unmistakable potency and vulnerability to The Old Grey Whistle Test's sound that hovers between sounds & worlds: haunting, strange, and beautiful.
On Friday, May 13, Holland will be performing material from Ouroboros at Amnesia, but this won't just be any old album release show. Come prepared to witness a funeral and some performance art, to hear some eulogies, and to get your tarot cards read.
divide & conquer
California psychedelic rock has always had a dark underbelly, from the Dionysian excess of Jim Morrison to the witchiness of Stevie Nicks. Most of the sex, drugs and occultism was hidden beneath the surface, due to restrictive societal pressures, just waiting to be unearthed.
The Old Grey Whistle Test: The solo project of San Francisco-based Tracey Holland, who calls her sound a “beaker-full of Nancy Sinatra-noir, Linda Perhacs’ psychedelia, Stevie Nicks-mysticism and Jenny Lewis’ retro-inspired sounds set to a score of Ennio Morricone” celebrates the album “Ouroboros” with a “funerary” stage show