Last month, James Holden announced his first album in four years, “The Animal Spirits,” and shared the lead single “Pass Through The Fire.” The album was recorded live with his newly-expanded band in one room together in single takes, no overdubs, no edits, following Holden’s self-imposed dogma.
What emerged out of these sessions is a genre-blending new form of worldwide music that feels inherently fluid and alive. Just one example of the record’s wide-ranging influences, the relentless, elastic and hypnotic polyrhythms of “Pass Through The Fire” grew out of Holden’s 2014 trip to Morocco to work with legend of Gnawa music Maalem Mahmoud Guinia.
The album “The Animal Sprits,” the follow-up to 2013’s “The Inheritors,” combines elements of psychedelia, krautrock, and spiritual jazz and features the likes of Tom Page (RocketNumberNine), Etienne Jaumet as well as Marcus Hamblett, Liza Bec and Lascelle Gordon.
Listen to the lead single “Pass Through The Fire” below.