“There is something very Heath Robinson about the machines I build,” explains James Holden in a press release for his long-awaited second LP, The Inheritors. “Chaos systems with stable states and unstable states, modulating themselves as I fight to steer them. Everything is first takes. It was all a moment. It’s recorded like folk music–no overdubs, no virtuosity. A man learnt some instruments to a basic standard and played them. Where needed, he sang.”
No kidding; take the album’s second single “Renata.” A six-minute rush of blood to the head, it sounds like it could stretch on forever, leaving a trail of sputtering synths and crushed drum kits in its wake. Check it out below, and look out for a digital single with remixes from Steve Moore and Daphni soon.