Holden was founded in Dublin in 1997 by the guitarist Mocke and the singer Armelle Pioline, both Parisian writer-composers temporarily exiled in Ireland.
Upon their return to Paris, they signed to the Lithium label (Dominique A, Françoiz Breut, etc) and released their first album, L’Arrière-monde from which came the track La Machine, which made them popular in Chile. Furthermore, it was in Santiago that they recorded the next three albums under the guidance of the German producer Senor Coconut. Through five albums of shimmering and sparkling musicianship the group has found a unique poetic and ghostly sound.
Via a soundtrack created for the exhibition, the group (whose name was inspired by the main character in Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye) will return to its chiaroscuro obsessions, drifting childish whims, melodies in bloom, glass towers and houses of straw, its joys and its lavish circus shadows, its digressive rigour and geometric design. The limited edition vinyl disk produced for the occasion and played in the first room of the exhibition will be available for sale throughout the exhibition period.
The band will also perform a live concert in the exhibition in September.