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*Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* Having always chosen to shun the limelight not much can really be said about UK based producer Holy Other on any kind of personal level, but his intensely intimate music communicates more than biographical details ever could. Since releasing his debut EP ‘With U’ through Tri Angle in 2011, Holy Other has risen to become one of the most talked about and respected producers out there, something he fully justified with the release of his universally acclaimed debut album ‘Held’ in 2012.
While it was never explicitly stated at the time of release, Holy Other opting to remain vague about the meaning behind the record, With U essentially chronicled the painful break down of a relationship. In comparison Held is about being confined to a relationship and the depth of emotions felt throughout its course. The muted euphoria of ‘Tense Past’ and the dramatic, brooding urgency of Love Some1, give way to sparser songs like ‘U Now’ and ‘Inpouring’ which sound like navigations through a foggy mind, culminating with the schizophrenic sensuality of the album’s title track and closing with the melancholic poignancy of ‘Nothing Here’, a song which perhaps best sums up the record as a whole. Held is both a lament to the fragility of human bonds and the desire for them to be tighter and longer lasting. Where With U was fuelled by a desperate urge to ‘feel something’, Held is possessed by a more resigned feeling, concluding with the acceptance that some bonds ultimately yield nothing.
Release/catalogue number: tri016cd
Release date: Oct 25, 2012