One of my favorite releases of this year snuck up on me, I had heard talk of what was said to be an amazing new record by Holden called The Inheritors for quite a while and upon its release I finally had a chance to see what all the talk was about. I initially thought it was interesting yet shrugged it off for other albums I was already quite into. Yet I started to catch myself wanting to hear it more and more often and slowly but surely fell for its avant charms.
While the music may not do much for those of you who typically only listen to pop music, I found that the release perfectly walks a line between experimentation, and accessibility yet never manages to weigh too heavy on either side of the fence. This left me with just enough sound design playfulness to appeal to my lust for new and interesting approaches to creating music while finding just the right melodies to hold everything together and feel connected to.
Loose interpretations of head nodding rhythms and vaguely danceable beats littler the album and despite the deliberate distortion of certain melodic layers there is a surprising depth and control in each track. The mix is fantastic and his compositions are often slow and steady and never resort to any hooky gimmicks to make a point. Finding creative new approaches to music feels impossible at times and this release has become a glass of clear filtered water among an ocean of cheap Coke ripoffs. Any of you who enjoy musicians who take us places we never knew existed should defiantly give The Inheritors a spin.