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PREMIERE: Coughing Dove Debuts ‘Magnesium’ Video Before Album Release
'Nearly a Complete Ghost' drops on Aug. 23

By Ryan Pitkin

August 9, 2019

Coughing Dove on a perch. (Still from video)

You may recognize multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Holman from his roles as guitarist and vocalist in local indie rock bands Landless and Pullover, and though he’s not quite leaving those nests, he will now fly on his own as Coughing Dove.

Holman’s new experimental solo project will take flight on Aug. 23 at the release party for Coughing Dove’s debut album, Nearly a Complete Ghost. What began as a collection of bedroom recordings in early 2018 — melody fragments, found sounds, rain storms and keyboard loops — has found a home in the five tracks of Coughing Dove’s album.

In Coughing Dove’s first video, for the album’s third track “Magnesium,” Holman sits in a warehouse and sings, as the delicate guitar riffs behind his moody lyrics eventually give way to explosive drumming, and he himself begins to move with the music.

The video was directed by Josh Faggart and produced by Dat Void, a partnership between Faggart and Holman.

Holman recorded Nearly a Complete Ghost with Jeremy Snyder (Numbo, Pure Snyder) at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, New York, before bringing it back to Charlotte and enlisting local musicians to fill things out. Bo White of Patois Counselors helped record additional accompaniment at his home and played standup bass and textural guitar. Brent Bagwell of Ghost Trees played saxophone and Scott Thompson of Julian Calendar played keys.

Snyder, who played drums on the album, later added string arrangements and mixed and mastered the album. The full album will be released on cassette and streaming platforms on Aug. 23. 

Coughing Dove will host an album-release party on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., with Indigo Jo, Sportsmanship, Pretty Baby and the wedding cult. Tickets are $5 advance, $7 at the door. 

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