Released four years ago, the duo's first single, "Hold On," was the sole material they had to show for themselves for a (very long) while. Effortlessly cool and breezy, it found its place on numerous mixes from DJs as various as A-Trak, Digitalism, Ata, The Bang Gang DJs and, err, Snow Patrol. Nothing on Holy Ghost! veers too far from "Hold On"'s DFA-stapled disco-pop mold. "Do It Again" and "Static on the Wire" both have the deadpan chorus, tight rhythmic section and loose disco feel of LCD Soundsystem; "Hold my Breath" can't help but evoke Shit Robot's poppiest moments. Sure, Holy Ghost! are clever (and obviously experienced enough) to pepper their productions with memorable details: a discrete piano pattern ("Wait and See"), a cavernous, cold wave ("It's Not Over") or angelic choirs ("Some Children"), yet their sense of self rarely feels genuinely theirs.
Holy Ghost! does a great job of replicating Cut Copy's effete synthetic pop. Incidentally, Holy Ghost opened for Cut Copy's recent North American tour, and you could easily see them following in the Aussie trio's footsteps. That'll take time. And more releases. As for now, Holy Ghost! leaves you wondering what the NYC duo has to offer in a niche that is already starting to feel overly populated.