Tracks of 2015: #5 ‘Interference’ (Holly Herndon)


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I cannot recall the first time hearing ‘Interference’. Was it through random Spotify musings? A playlist? A recommended SoundCloud account? No idea. No memory. Like the slivers of voices, sounds and beats in the track itself, its origin remains obscured.

‘Interference’ is abstract as all hell. My innocent first impressions waited for the jigsaw pieces to fall together, for something clear to form through the mesh of noises. Nothing as obvious as a chorus appears, of course. The track hints at its insides and cheekily flashes its origins and then, tide-like, washes away towards the horizon. Or indeed numerous horizons.

Instantly sent back through my memory to times when I gobbled up Warp-records’ less approachable obscurities through an aching (and annoying) desire for only music from the fringes, the more mature (honest) version of me takes this track for what it is: challenging, magical, musical, and beautiful.