“‘No Limits’ is about myself, coming to the realisation that the only thing holding me back, is the limits I’ve placed on myself.” And can’t we all relate to that. Australian singer-songwriter Holly Wild has used the medium of music to explore a rather serious subject matter. The result is a memorable and effervescent slice of organic-sounding pop.
The follow-up to her debut, ‘Love Chooses You’, released earlier in the year, the new track harnesses contemporary pop sensibilities to communicate a personal but ultimately universal take on the self. ‘No Limits’is quick to initiate an intimate tone: from the get-go, the pleasing cadences of Holly’s vocal effortlessly and persuasively set this nuanced scene. Initially only accompanied by an acoustic guitar, it’s not too long before a wider angle is established, utilising a mix of guitar textures, percussive elements, and evolving dynamism to take us to the chorus, whose melody is as inviting as it is galvanizing—that is, in respect to this delicate and alluring subject matter and Holly’s steadily growing euphonic release. And in a word, that’s the essence of No Limits; freedom.
As Holly has said when asked about the inspiration behind the track, “The song was written one sunny afternoon after getting home from a workshop my friend was hosting that invited us to delve deep into our subconscious mind. I went into a ‘trance like’ state during the workshop, and after a day of exploration, I’d apparently ‘shed’ a whole lot of limiting beliefs that I had of myself…beliefs that I’d collected over the course of a lifetime. Some of these were helpful, but many were not helpful. I came home deeply relaxed with a sense of optimism. I realised that if we had the ability to delve into our past and shed all the preconceived ideas we had of ourselves, ideas that might be holding us back, our potential could be endless.”
This is an intriguing view and worthy of exploring, perhaps even more so when the art form one uses to explore is limited to the indie-pop song. But judging by the stimulus behind Holly’s track, we shouldn’t be surprised by her focus, as she has said, “I guess you could say this inspiration comes from my close friends and family and how complex human interactions/emotions can make me feel.”