Novel presents James Holden (live)

Novel presents James Holden (live)

10th December 2014

The HiFi

An astonishing seven years has now elapsed since the release of James Holden’s milestone debut album The Idiots Are Winning in 2006, rightfully acclaimed in such quarters as The Guardian as “The most astonishing debut in electronic music since Boards of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children”. But June 2013 saw Holden finally return in a big way, with a brand new artist album of suitably epic proportions: 75 minute long English pagan saga The Inheritors. A bold, psychedelic journey, striking a delicate balance between weighty tome and transformative trip, and with a production aesthetic that is all his own: Holden is certain that this is the album that he always wanted to make. With The Inheritors, finishing 2013 on many a list as the best album of the year, James Holden has confirmed his status as one of the planet’s most gifted artists, a musical virtuoso that only comes around once in a generation.

Holden took his first tentative steps into the live arena at the behest of Caribou's Dan Snaith, who gave Holden's previously studio-bound modular synthesizers a live outing as part of their extended Caribou Vibration Ensemble line-up for a series of ATP shows at the end of 2011. And eager for another taste of that collective live performance magic, Holden also seized upon the opportunity to contribute the soundtrack (complete with trance inducing live modular collaboration with saxophonist and Inheritors guest performer Etienne Jaumet, drummer Tom Page of Rocketnumbernine and percussionist Camilo Tirado) to Oxford mathematician and TV presenter Marcus Du Sautoy's multimedia lecture on 'Consciousness' and the brain, performed at London's Barbican arts centre and the Latitude festival.

Now for the first time Australia will get the chance to experience the live show that saw Thom Yorke invite the artist to be the official support on the Atoms for Peace 2013 US tour. Playing tracks from The Inheritors alongside his unique back catalogue, James Holden live is a mind boggling experience. Nobody is making electronic music as explorative as this…