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Boomkat Product Review:
Seattle-based astral travellers Further Records hook up with Jimmy Billingham for a beatless soak under the HOLOVR name.
Fresh from tracing the Imaginary Lines of French composer Jonathan Fitoussi, Chloe ‘Raica’ Harris and Mark Cul’s Further label close in on another fine year of releases with a new HOLOVR album from London’s Jimmy Billingham. Wedged somewhere between vintage Namlook and Warp’s often-referenced Artificial Intelligence series, Anterior Space finds Billingham veering fully down the beatless route for the first time as HOLOVR over four billowing tracks.
By no means an ambient newcomer – see Billingham’s previous work under the Venn Rain alias – Anterior Space is a fine development for the HOLOVR sound. The grubby itch of early HOLOVR outings on Opal Tapes is long gone and instead Anterior Space breaks free from the floor-flirting Traces Realm offering for Firecracker. The drums may be dropped here but Billingham’s talent for finessing wistful waves of lysergy from his analogue and digital synths remains in place on opener Into Light, whilst Apparent Motion traces a multitude of crystalline movements.
Face down and Temporary, Autonomous is a febrile acid dreamscape whose enveloping warmth casts off neatly against the chill and blushed tingle of 11-minute finale Involution.