Considering the title of his upcoming record is Noise vs. Beauty, Bassnectar (aka Lorin Ashton), certainly seems to know which side his musical bread is buttered on — or which side his bass is nectared on, you might say? You get it, right? Kinda?
Like the previous cuts we’ve heard so far — like “Now” featuring Rye Rye, and “You and Me” featuring W Darling — “Hold On,” featuring TURSI (aka Dorfex Bos) is a study in the contrast between noise and beauty.
Unspooling like a trip through an inter-dimensional wormhole, the track begins slowly and pensively, with a heavily effected vocal from Angelo Tursi, pausing before exploding into a sonic storm.
While plenty of Bassnectar’s club-filling, electronic signatures are present here, there’s a heavy songwriting focus and progressive indie-rock interplay at work, too — a sound he referred to as “Sigur Ros vs. Bon Iver vs. Mumford and Sons vs. who the f–k knows,” in a recent interview with Vice. See how accurate that self-assessment is below.