I’ve always had a soft spot for records that force you to keep going back to unravel their hidden genius. I’m not talking about purposely difficult records, but more about albums that you can’t fully understand on initial listens and invite you to return with the promise of a potential reward if you give them the proper attention. Holy Other’s debut full-length Held has proven to be just such a record for me.  Certainly more powerful on a good pair of headphones, the record can easily be linked to better known work by artists like Burial or James Blake, but I think he has worked hard to create a lane all his own. It’s beautiful, modern, complex, highly personal and has been slowly pushing it’s way up my year end list.

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