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Hailing from Cincinnati, singer-songwriter Matt Mooney has recently released his second EP under his Royal Holland moniker. The stage name carries a conceptual journey of youth love lost through death—and the memory and grief that results—over an expanse of a 3-EP experience. This Flamingo EP is a response to Royal Holland’s The Maze, in its attempts to answer the existential questions provoked in the debut EP. Opening the album, The Grave is a fantastic introduction to the inviting and emotionally edgy aesthetic that Mooney creates with this project. With esoterically textured layering combined with cerebral folk-rock psychedelia and longing vocals, this is incredibly reminiscent of Father John Misty in its charm and authenticity. It’s both therapeutic and invigorating, a dramatically ruminating and dynamically sympathetic depiction of Royal Holland’s vision and devotion.