by Andrew Sacher
Cover art to 'Held'
As mentioned, Manchester's Holy Other is set to release his debut LP, Held, on August 28 via Tri Angle and make his US live debut around the same time. We already knew he'd be playing Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace (DJ set), Rustie, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss (tickets), but we now know that while he's here he'll be heading out on a full tour as a supporting act for Amon Tobin's ISAM live.
As mentioned, that tour hits the NYC area for shows on September 13 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ and September 14 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for the Wellmont show and the Hammerstein show are still available.
If you missed it the first time around, Held's lead track, "Love Some1," can be streamed below. It's coming from a similar place as the material on Holy Other's With U EP, and is a great preview of what the new album sounds like, but Held is more than a continuation, it's a complete statement. Trademark Holy Other characteristics like murky bass and ghostly vocal samples are in tact, but while those traits are often used as vices in much of the post-dubstep world, here they are small pieces of Held's much larger puzzle.
On With U standout, "Touch," the repeated lyric, "I've been looking for your touch," was drilled into your head to the point that you forgot what the words actually mean. But on Held, few of the words are discernible enough to even attempt to take meaning from. Instead, sounds are shifted and morphed to create moods and atmospheres that reach far beyond that.
The "Love Some1" stream and a list of all dates are below.
Holy Other - "Love Some1"
Holy Other -- 2012 Tour Dates
Sept 01 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre at Qwest Field *
Sept 02 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater *
Sept 04 Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House *
Sept 06 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre at Hennepin *
Sept 07 Chicago, IL - Congress Theater *
Sept 08 Long Island City, NY - MoMA PS1^
Sept 09 St. Louis, MO - Royal Oak Music Hall *
Sept 10 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
Sept 12 Boston, MA - House of Blues *
Sept 13 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre *
Sept 14 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom *
Sept 17 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
Sept 20 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
Sept 21 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues Orlando *
Sept 22 Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore *
Sept 24 Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom *
Sept 25 Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall *
Sept 27 San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
Oct 05 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre *
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre *
* w/ Amon Tobin ISAM Live
^ w/ Thom Yorke, Rustie, Maria Minerva, Justin Strauss