James Holden burst suddenly and dramatically onto the dance music scene in 2000, but, in this current decade, he distanced himself from many of the galaxies of this musical universe, systematically renouncing, over the years, some of its codes and behaviours, while also, to the amazement of many, abandoning his art of DJing, until we arrived at The Inheritors, a fabulous work from 2013, in which we finally understood in which direction Holden’s music was heading: crepuscular techno, electronics in a psychedelic spiral and an implicit notion of jazz that emerged from the complex structures of his modular synthesisers. The Animal Spirits is, finally, the full realisation of that greater desire. In this album, electronics is an imposing springboard to something bigger that lives and vibrates in his music, where jazz, folk and African rituals coexist in a collective euphoria that also takes over the body. Because it’s still dance music. There are still machines at work. But now these machines are invaded by nature, by animal spirituality, as if they were dreaming like us.
SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, BISEL FLUTE