Demand Vinyl is proud to announce HOLY STRAYS’ beautiful debut EP Chasm, released worldwide on 12” vinyl and download on October 14th.
Following singles on Not Not Fun and Morning Ritual, the Chasm EP is his most substantial piece of work to date. Written on the west coast of France and recorded in Paris earlier this year, the songs echo the bipolar environment they were created in. HOLY STRAYS’ own vocals are sampled amid clouds of gospel ghosts, chased by breathless drumming and dancing percussion. The EP’s tracks feel cohesive and welcoming, offering oceans of space, set with intricate orchid melodies and warm islands of bass.
On the Chasm EP, HOLY STRAYS has drawn on his own field recordings, traditional gospel music, sacred chants, early Morricone soundtracks and contemporary electronics to conjure up his own world and musical vocabulary – folklore being a constant object of study and one of the producer’s recurring obsessions.
HOLY STRAYS, aka 23 year old Sebastien Forrester, lives in Paris but grew up in Gabon, Texas and the Caribbean – different backgrounds that helped forge his musical identity. Acquired during his early years in Africa, his passion for percussion has been a constant. Forrester grew up playing drums in various jazz and fusion projects along to Coleman and Coltrane recordings. His musical inclinations stretch from early Swans to Mahalia Jackson and Rhythm & Sound.
In the last year, Holy Strays has remixed acts as diverse as Forest Swords and Loney Dear, and shared the stage with Suuns, Koreless, Zola Jesus and Sun Araw.
Also Holy Strays has just confirmed a short French/Swiss/Italian tour in October ROBEDOOR / HOLY STRAYS / CANKUN .