Louie Brennan is an enigma in the UK Americana scene. A drawling chameleon who wears the vulnerabilities and insecurities of the modern-day on his sleeve, the songwriter draws familiar comparisons to Father John Misty.
If that seems like a superficial comparison, notice how Brennan is a fellow character creator, one who keeps his own cards close to his chest while portraying the extremities of the graphically realistic characters he invents.
He embodies this style through the two songs he performs for his Holler Live Session; the sycophantic 'My Favourite Disguise' and ostentatious 'The Nobel Prize'. Backed only by wandering and belying acoustic guitar, Brennan's characters battle with themselves as the country they inhabit falls victim to its own bloated ego.
Take the way Brennan boasts through the second verse of 'The Nobel Prize'. Defiantly proud of how much of a "selfish and petulant" man he's become, Brennan cleverly backs this with bright, hopeful chords, as the overarching notion of toxic masculinity is once again swept under the rug by a society unwilling to face its own fuck ups.
Layered and unwavering, Brennan encompasses the darker side of the present day through precocious yet self-aware songs, a scything inditement of nearly everything through something so unequivocally surreal and British as humour in music.
Playing 'The Nobel Prize' and 'My Favourite Disguise', this is Louis Brennan for the Holler Live Sessions.