Holiday is the former singer of Sydney-based atmo-pop troupe Bridezilla, who split at the end of 2012. She later relocated to London, and at the beginning of 2014 she posted a message on her Facebook page.
"Happy New Year Y'all," it began. "I'm hoping to make a record in 2014 that will increase the national birth rate by at least 1%, have security guards whistling to themselves in a quiet hour and factory workers humming in the line. I hope all of the singles become wedding songs and karaoke classics. I hope it will be a musical landscape upon which to dwell in thought and prayer. I hope you dance. I hope you well up and then beam with joy. But hey, I don't ask for much. Love, Lust & Laughter until then. Anon. x x x"''
'Carousel' is the first glimpse of this record, and it sounds both completely demented and extremely brilliant, fulfilling Holiday's aim to come across like "a pop star from a different era". (Her influences, she says, include Barry White, Dolly Parton and Liberace.)
It sounds a bit peculiar on first listen but by Listen 2 it's totally brilliant.