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Holden’s first LP since 2006 should be hard work: after all, a 75-minute album recorded live on home-made analogue synths that veers between acid techno and free jazz while maintaining a ramshackle, almost post-rock aesthetic is never going to trouble ‘Random Access Memories’ for radio play, but ‘The Inheritors’ contains more than enough character to command attention.

Indeed, like a creaking carnival rollercoaster, its rickety runaway gallop is its crowning virtue: tracks frequently feel one stray bleep away from meltdown, but the record is so well paced that there’s barely chance to worry: indeed, when ‘The Caterpillar’s Invention’ peaks with clattering drums and honking sax drones, recalling some bastard Godspeed/Battles soundclash, the only option is to savour the wicked deviancy and await the next lurch.

This sprawling and refreshingly natural approach offers a depth and genuine thrill that, in the context of 2013’s electronic music, with its order, precision and cleanliness, is a godsend – ‘The Inheritors’’s muckiness, danger and unpredictability is a delight.


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