Country : United Kingdom Label : Amidah Genres and styles : Dub / Experimental / Contemporary / Jazz / Post-Punk / Techno Year : 2023

PAN M 360 / TOP 100 : Holy Tongue – Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare

· by Louise Jaunet

Coming out of the “Cavern” from dance-punk band Liquid Liquid during a paranoiac rise of “Kundalini” from post-punk band 23 Skidoo, Holy Tongue is a studio project formed in 2018 out of London’s avant-garde scene. Following a trilogy of critically acclaimed EPs, “Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare” brings together the sought-after drummer and percussionist Valentina Magaletti (Nicolas Jaar, The Oscillation, Tomaga, Vanishing Twin), the techno-schaman Al Wootton (Deadboy) and Japanese bassist Susumu Mukai (Vanishing Twin) with special guest performances from the legendary Steve Beresford on prepared piano, Abraham Parker and David Wootton on brass. Constructed around their appreciation for cathartic improvisations and experiments from the On-U Sounds label (Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge), the tracks celebrate the crossover of genres and range from Andalusian Catholic marching to obscure dub, jazz, post-punk, mystical percussion and techno. This debut album is the band’s most elaborate work, and shows their ambitions to develop innovative approaches that combat the challenges of a curse. Building strong partnerships really does help fight the threat.

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