James Holden & The Animal Spirits

Legendary electronic producer James Holden has remade himself into a bandleader on his new album—a collection of self-described “folk-trance” songs recorded with improv ensemble the Animal Spirits. This shouldn’t surprise us – Holden’s lengthy career in electronic music, which began in 2000, has been a constant battle against dancefloor conservatism. As with previous record The Inheritors, the tracks on The Animal Spirits were all recorded in one take, and move from euphoric melodies to intense improvisations. But this album is a fuller realisation of Holden’s vision, created to work as well through headphones as it will pulsating through our festival.

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