Published on August 26th, 2012 | by greg0
Holy Other: Held:: Review
Holy Other is a mysterious cat. The Manchester based electronic musician never shows his face or gives his real name and always dresses in black. When Holy Other performs on stage he wears a black cloak that obscures his features and presents himself as a musical Black Rider manifesting from The Lord of the Rings. These signifiers indicate that Holy Other is either an extremely spooky individual or a Scooby-Doo villain.
Holy Other’s debut album Held matches his carefully cultivated yet darkly anonymous persona with forgettable wide-swath, bass-heavy ambient drones. However, some of the songs on Held feature vocals although they’re just permutations of old R&B songs that have been mutilated beyond recognition. Held is the type of album that critics will earmark as dark but mostly comes off as uninteresting and bland. The heavily atmospheric yet sterile tracks on Held don’t gel nor do they bear repeated listening. As the album closer proudly states, there’s “Nothing Here” that requires further exploration.