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Strange Cargo

by Michael Arthur Holloway

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Exiles Outcast
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Exiles Outcast another sweet sound, I was ecstatic to hear another album come out. so somber in all the right places, an epitome of Noire Favorite track: Grey Winter Blues.
Anathe Mal
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Anathe Mal So many phenomenal choices came together in this album. Never know what you're missing out on 'til a tenor sax spills your guts. I want to listen to doom jazz till the surf swallows me. Favorite track: Grey Winter Blues.
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ricorollo Totally digging this! Favorite track: Strange Cargo.
Jank Hambrams
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Jank Hambrams This album has incredible atmosphere and mood to it. Simultaneously dark and hopeful, like sitting at a diner near the ferry, thinking about where you're going and what you've left behind. Michael's work remains incredible, and this is a fantastic continuation from Guilt Noir. Favorite track: Strange Cargo.
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Kolin Zein Great noir release. Michael never disappoints. Love the layers of synths on this one - makes you feel like swimming in pitch-black water...
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Nautilus 02:39
Dismal Nitch 05:35
Uniontown 04:26
Peacock Spit 04:11
Stella Maris 10:43


Strange Cargo is the second full-length album by independent artist Michael Arthur Holloway, following up his 2016 noir-jazz (aka dark-jazz, doom-jazz ) debut, Guilt Noir.

On this sprawling sophomore album, Holloway hones his signature noir-jazz sound against the windswept environs of Astoria, Oregon, where the Columbia river meets the Pacific Ocean.

Strange Cargo is an atmosphere-drenched, instrumental narrative exploring Astoria and its surrounding landmarks, as told through dark-jazz: ubiquitous Rhodes electric piano, muted-trumpet and tenor saxophone leads, speakeasy piano and upright bass-- along with the wind, surf and rain of the Pacific Northwest.

Have an after-hours drink or three on Bond Street; take a stroll by moonlight through Uniontown; cross the river and seance with shipwreck spirits at Peacock Spit; meditate on life's long arrivals and quiet departures at Cape Disappointment, where Lewis & Clark's expedition reached the Pacific and turned around to head home.

This is urban noir-jazz taken to the coast-- a perfect marriage of noir melancholia and the solemn grandeur of the Pacific Ocean.

Strange Cargo features 14 tracks with a total runtime of 79 minutes.


released November 19, 2021

Composed & Produced by Michael Arthur Holloway
Cover Art by John C. Worsley
Mastered by Erich Oehler @ Submersible Studios


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Michael Arthur Holloway Portland, Oregon

Michael Arthur Holloway is a multi-instrumentalist composer and producer from Portland, Oregon. He creates instrumental noir- jazz (aka dark-jazz) music with a focus on rich atmosphere and melancholic melody.
He is also the artist behind the IDM project TV HWY and the industrial act DEAD WHEN I FOUND HER.
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