Holy Other - January/February 2013

Holy Other - January/February 2013

Thursday 31st January. Wellington, San Francisco Bath House
Friday 1st February. Brisbane, Laneway Festival
Saturday 2nd February. Sydney, Laneway Festival
Sunday 3rd February. Melbourne, Laneway Festival
Tuesday 5th February. Melbourne, Workers Club
Wednesday 6th February. Sydney , Goodgod
Friday 8th February. Adelaide, Laneway Festival
Saturday 9th February. Perth, Laneway Festival

Holy Other is a mystery. On a personal level not much is known about this extremely shy producer, but his intensely intimate music communicates more than biographical details ever could. A Burial-like emotional loneliness permeates his productions, and is littered with affecting melodies that manages to haunt the most private places of the listener’s mind. It’s no wonder then thatTri Angle Recordstook a liking to his fractured and gloomy take on electronic music by releasing his first EP,‘With U’, in 2011. 

Since releasing his debut EP, Holy Otherhas risen to become one of the most enigmatic and talked about producers in the world. Although it was never explicitly stated at the time of the EP’s release as Holy Otheropted to remain vague about the meaning behind the record, ‘With U’essentially chronicled the painful break down of a relationship. Holy Otherpoured his pain into that EP and it wasn’t long before the media sat up and notice: Influential blog Gorilla vs Bearincluded Holy Otherin their ‘Best albums of 2011’list (even though he only released a 5 track EP that year), XLR8R Magand website chose Holy Otheras their #1 Best Record of 2011and #2 Best Artist of the Year, Stereogumhad Holy Otherat number 5 for Best EP of  2011, British newspaper, The Guardian, featured Holy Otheras their ‘Band of the Day’and Holy Otherachieved an highly impressive score aggregate of 82 on Metacritic.

Since the start of 2012,Holy Other has been touring the world performing at, amongst others, events forPitchforkand playing at theCMJ festival in New York. In August this year he released his first, and critically acclaimed album,‘Held’,onTri Angle Records. In comparison to the breakup heartache of‘With u’,‘Held’focussed onbeing confined to a relationship and the depth of emotions felt throughout its course.

“Holy Other stands naked on Held. The vulnerability that has become his hallmark is more potent than ever, stretched like skin across nine tracks-- or nine movements-- that trace love's arc of complex intimacy and ever-evolving emotional epiphany. Desire, neediness, vulnerability, fear, pleasure, and confusion are all laid bare. Held is a love album, a modern love album.”– Pitchfork 8.0