Nearly six years on from the release of The Animal Spirits, electronic maverick James Holden is back with his fourth album. Entitled Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities, it arrives on March 31st through his own Border Community. “I wanted this to be my most open record, uncynical, naive, unguarded, the record teenage me wanted to make,” Holden said of the album. “I used to balance my clock-radio on a wardrobe to catch the faint pirate FM signals from the nearest city, dreaming of what raves would be like when I could finally escape and become a New Age traveller.”
Unlike the previous record that saw Holden assemble and perform for the first time accompanied by a full band, Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities is described as “more of a continuous sound collage, artfully juxtaposing audio worlds in his own inimitable manner”. Holden uses his own samples taken from recordings of his own performances on the modular synth, keyboard, organ, piano and even his childhood violin. The album also features guest contributions from members of the Animal Spirits live band, including drummer Tom Page, tabla-championing percussionist Camilo Tirado, multi-instrumentalist Marcus Hamblett and saxophonist Christopher Duffin.
Along with the album news, Holden has also shared lead single ‘Contains Multitudes’, a spellbinding and ecstatic track clocking at almost ten minute long . Speaking about it Holden comments:
“I’d been looking at John Stezaker’s collages, where things collide and it feels like it opens a window into them, thinking a lot about musical approaches to that idea, then the end part of this just appeared in my head as I listened to the loops of the beginning part. The two songs are opposite musics but also completely contained inside one another.”
Listen to ‘Contains Multitudes’ below.