Deleter is the fifth album by Canadian Electronica band with the naughty name, Holy Fuck.The album goes from reletively minimal sounds to rapturous crescendo via krautrock’s motorik beats to deep house. Features guest performances from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Angus Andrew of Liars and Nick Allbrook from Aussie band Pond.
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As the resident ‘Hot Chip Liker’ it was always going to be me who reviewed Holy Fuck’s fifth album, ‘Deleter’. It’s unlikely that anyone else in our 60s Brutalist Concrete Tower Block™ would have even got passed the Alexis Taylor featuring opener ‘Luxe’. If you’re the kind of person who find Taylor’s voice grating, it’s unlikely this song is going to bring you round, because it could well be a Hot Chip tune.
Well, that’s not exactly true. Holy Fuck have always leaned a bit more dance-punk to Hot Chip’s dance pop, but it’s easy to imagine that core bassy arpeggio providing the spine to something by Taylor & co. Holy Fuck though, are more content to let their grooves simmer. After an initial climax we’re treated to a steady build up that showcases the tightness of the band’s drumming.
The album also features guest spots from Liar’s Andrew Angus and Pond’s Nicholas Allbrook who are both very much doing the things they’re known for. It’s almost a shame they’re featured, such is the strength of their personality that it can make what Holy Fuck are doing feel a bit insipid by comparison.
On their own they can spread their wings a little more. The run of tracks that form the back end of the album are impressively varied while remaining firmly dance-punk. ‘Moment’ is a monstrous stomper, which is followed by the spacier ‘Near Mint’. Closer ‘Ruby’ manages to be both, with a big ending anchored by a delightful rollicking drum beat.
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