Borrowing the title of William Golding’s book for this album is no coincidence: its expansive themes of extinction and evolution are indistinctly mirrored in both its music and instrumentation.
James Holden has fashioned his own Heath Robinson-like digital/analogue hybrids with which to construct a mythological landscape.
‘The Inheritors’ conjures a shamanistic English dreamtime of pulsing polyrhythms and warped melodies. Composed entirely of first takes, its exotic woodwinds, céilidh reels and offbeat orchestration intensifies each track with a vitality and immediacy which thrillingly threatens to career into chaos.
This is the music of ritual, an electronic folk chimera of primordial pagan beats, ancient and timeless yet psychedelically futurist.
Words: Anna Wilson
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