If you thought that Triangle Records would struggle to keep up the quality level after brilliant releases from oOoOO, Balam Acab and How To Dress Well, then I'm afraid this record will very much prove you wrong. The mysterious Holy Other has produced a record as startling as it is sensual, as gothic as it is gorgeous.
Recorded in Berlin, Gothenburg and Manchester, this is more 'witch mansion' than 'witch house', an expansive sound that takes apart samples and analogue keyboards, mixes in a healthy dose of 80s r'n'b sensibility (think what a spliffed-out Jam & Lewis would sound like), and emerges with an occasionally disconcerting but ultimately uplifting sound all of its own.
There are hints of Gold Panda and Star Slinger in here (final track 'Feel Something' reminds me as much of Star Slinger's recent James Vincent McMorrow remix as it does an ethereally-reborn baby Vandross) but overall this is a sound that exists as much in a parallel universe as it does in your head and your heart.
At only 5 tracks long it leaves you wanting a lot more (always a good sign) and there's no pint in picking a standout track as they're all equally excellent.
'With U' is out on June 6th on Tri Angle Records. You can listen to a couple of tracks below.
YR LOVE by HOLY OTHER
Touch by HOLY OTHER