Fantasies of time and place run as a constant driving force in the background of Los Angeles native Holander’s electro-pop anthems. Raised in a city of people creating their own futures during the day and capturing flashy Hollywood lifestyles at night, Holander became obsessed and inspired by how people morph themselves into what is most viral at any time. The 21 year old singer-songwriter channels this inspiration into creating stunning music that reflects many of the conflicts faced by her generation.
Holander, born Carly Harpur Hollander, grew up in a house full of music. She initially recorded cover songs on piano and guitar but quickly fell in love with the more electronic side of pop music and set out on a solo project to create the type of music she wanted to hear in the world. This allows Holander to pair introspective lyrics with messages meant to directly inspire action, on top of synth hooks that draw the listener to the track and keep them present in the moment.
Social action is one of Holander’s strongest held values. Attending USC for social change, as well as practicing feminism and advocacy for LGBTQ and minority groups, Holander focuses her music on empowering herself and others. She writes from a position of strength in storytelling and is known for her poignant and direct lyricism.
The songstress’ popular single ‘Something Real’ features glossy synths and soaring vocals, with a climactic singalong chorus. In her highly anticipated new single ‘Smoke,’ , Holander showcases her musical diversity, incorporating dreamy baselines, intimate warm vocals, and iridescent soundscapes, distinguishing it from other songs in the genre. ‘Smoke,’ is a captivating love anthem about standing on the edge of love in your youth, and choosing to fully surrender. She confides, “When you’re overtaken by someone, it’s like smoke in your lungs. I believe when two people love each other, they start to tap in to the universal love— this love that is bigger, and connects us all.”