Death nestles like a sweet creature at the heart of Holy Waters, the highly anticipated follow-up to Puma Blue's 2021 album, In Praise of Shadows. It's less a morbid study in mortality, more a chronicle of the graciousness within each repeated cycle of life, death and rebirth, arriving eventually at a gentle affirmation at the album's close; "don't let the dark take you whole". A substantial leap in Jacob's artistry; extraordinary multitudes of hurt and relief are journeyed in his writing, navigating the spaces between grief and elation, and the strange semblances between solitude and community. Across it's eleven tracks, his voice is a gossamer fabric delighting in the brightest language as he retraces every path walked in the harshest years of his life with a startling sincerity, looking each face of grief in the bloodshot eye, and for the most part, accepting it. Recorded with his live band over the course of two visits to Eastbourne's Echo Zoo Studios, a joy permeates each sonic corner of Holy Waters, the studio techniques more analogue and experimental than his previous work, but sounding fuller, richer, killing what ego was left in Puma Blue and paying their band-centric debts proudly.