The plunging EP from 2011, With U is the reminiscent work of waves that can crash against a roaming cliffside. The sea while impressive through beauty is a conquering giant that orchestrates respect. In the same way that the sea commands, Holy Other follows suit, and the opening track, “Know Where” is performative and draped in scale. The currents that both pull and push the listener through the four-count of bass undertow which then bleeds in vocal samples from ethereal apparitions becomes almost divergent.
While still identifiable in their own right, Holy Other is constructed as this creature of droning resonation. Each intricate piece of the puzzle, while fully complex, honestly brands to become more simple as each key is dragged away. When staring at the foundation of With U, the five tracks over 21-minutes is enough to sear, but not destroy. The importance of restraint here with Holy Other is the main vibrance that keeps the instrumentals alive and able to shift so suddenly. There is never a complete jerking motion that opens the ears through surgical steel, but the use of synths and phantasmic whispers is strangely soothing.
With U becomes this soundtrack to deconstruction and with one sudden push, the audience can fall behind too. The shortlist of tracks and the bargaining chips that lay on the table is enough to snatch the listener up by the ears, forcing them to withstand a cool crash of waves once again.