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Debut album coming out in May on Hyperdub, new EP as King Felix out on Liberation Technologies very shortly. Looking forward to hearing both of these, probably time for her own thread.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 22:20 (six years ago) Permalink

http://new.assets.thequietus.com/images/articles/8317/laurel_halo_quarantine_1332348513_crop_550x550.jpg

^ Cover of the album (Quarantine) is O_O btw

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 22:21 (six years ago) Permalink

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Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:21 (six years ago) Permalink

I am anticipating the hell out of this. Hour Logic was one of my favourite moments of 2011. Thank you, Sandbox post-Knife electronica thread (even though I don't think she really fit in that genre, I loved the heck out of the stuff that was posted.)

(Philip K Dick refs and all)

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Hour Logic was one of my favourite moments of 2011

Yeah yeah, damn right! I was a little dismissive of the second half of that record, but I've been re-listening lately and boy, am I a big dummy. Quarantine is supposed to be more song-based and along the lines of the 'King Felix' EP from 2010.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:38 (six years ago) Permalink

I think that, on the basis of last year's releases, I like her sounds and textures a lot more than anything she actually does with them, but will give this a listen.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:39 (six years ago) Permalink

No, that record went really interesting places, the first half was perhaps more immediate, but where it ended up fascinated me, it was like it took you round corners and ran off in different directions.

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, excited about this one. That cover is AMAZING.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:07 (six years ago) Permalink

OMG I didn't even see the cover. The WTFness... but also... beautiful. Head hurts.

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:09 (six years ago) Permalink

i need to go back to her stuff, i didn't fully get into hour logic before my hard drive died and i lost it.

i LOVE her vocal on games' "strawberry skies"

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:16 (six years ago) Permalink

I think my fave track on Hour Logic was actually the title track, which is, like a 9 minute trance epic that stops mid-stream and goes somewhere else at least twice during the course of the song (...and gets lost in the jetstream)

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:22 (six years ago) Permalink

A couple of nice things she's done outside of her two EPs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOth11wGCnM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAYvwxdhNjc

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:33 (six years ago) Permalink

finally listened to that widely-praised EP from last year, wondering why I hadn't previously

mh, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:40 (six years ago) Permalink

The first couple of tracks off the new King Felix ep are up on Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/liberationtechnologies

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 16:57 (six years ago) Permalink

kind of a weird deployment of the makoto aida pic but stoked

ogmor, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 22:37 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i kno' nooothin of her previous ep's and stuff, but this "quarantine" collection moves me, grooves me, woos me mo' and mo' with every listen.

t**t, Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Laurel Halo: Quarantine, streaming here: http://soundcloud.com/factmag/laurel-halo-quarantine/s-3eAaW

Looking forward to checking it out, but have to wait until I get home :(

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:25 (six years ago) Permalink

excited!

Goodbye 20th Centipede (NickB), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Couldn't get that stream to work btw, but it plays alright embedded in this page:

http://www.factmag.com/2012/05/15/stream-quarantine-laurel-halos-debut-album-for-hyperdub/

Goodbye 20th Centipede (NickB), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, stream seems to be working fine for me!

Wow, vocals on this are certainly interesting.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh no. I'm about ten minutes in, and I don't think I like it that much. It's nowhere near as beat oriented as the stuff on the EPs that I really liked. Maybe I should listen to it on better headphones, but this isn't really doing anything for me so far. I keep hoping it will improve and it just kind of meanders.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

liveblog: it's picking up at the halfway mark, with that backwards vocal piece into the most rhythmic + interesting track so far

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:39 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm about halfway in, and I'm getting something which sounds like a choir of crying babies? Not feeling it.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:42 (six years ago) Permalink

this is not even remotely like her eps and remixes but it's... totally awesome?

sort of love the multilayered vocals meeting up with strange, incomplete ambience

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 22:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Great record. But the vocals are definitely confronting, feels untreated, emotionally direct, at times jarring. Maybe I'll report back have a few more listens.

There's some beautiful moments though: Light + Space, Holoday, Years.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow. This is really odd compared to the last EP. I'm getting kinda Nico vibes from it which I never would have expected prior to listening. Interesting.

Has anyone kept without throughout the last fortnight or so and can say how it sounds after ten listens?

kraudive, Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Gotta say I'm more intrigued to see what this is like live - due to see her at Field Day next week.

kraudive, Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Has anyone kept without throughout the last fortnight or so and can say how it sounds after ten listens?

even better now. weirdly compelled to listen to it.

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Good. Just listened it through for the first time. I guess she likes The Marble Index, right?

kraudive, Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink

yea? never thought of that :/

t**t, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, this is exciting! I really liked Hour Logic.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Scared away by the previews on the Hyperdub site, but loving Hour Logic at the mo. Very good for walking around big cities in the rain. Rory Gibb talks a lot about internet living in relation to her work in his quietus review of the new one, tho I find that reading a bit tired and untrue to my experience of her music. May give it a go when I'm feeling more adventurous.

Mercer Finn, Monday, 28 May 2012 04:06 (six years ago) Permalink

New one sounds pretty nice.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 28 May 2012 04:34 (six years ago) Permalink

i liked hour logic but this isn't doing it for me. seems kind of uncomfortably insular.

The Reverend, Monday, 28 May 2012 07:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Hour Logic is such a great record. Seems better and better every time I return to it.

MikoMcha, Monday, 28 May 2012 08:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Blown away by Quarantine. What a FANTASTIC album this is.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 7 June 2012 14:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Seems I've missed some backstory here...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 June 2012 14:47 (six years ago) Permalink

wow, i'd liked her stuff before but this new album might be the worst music i've heard this year. it's just...gross-sounding

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 18:04 (six years ago) Permalink

AND it's nothingy

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 18:04 (six years ago) Permalink

takes a few plays for it to click, but i think it's great

Zaireeka Badu (NickB), Friday, 8 June 2012 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

To be honest, I nearly turned it off halfway through Years - those vocals! - but something about it was so "off", that it held my interest a while longer. As some reviewers have mentioned, I like the stark separation between the murky soup of the music and the untreated rawness of the vocals. Only played it twice - once late at night, when it stopped me going to bed, and once mid-morning, when it stopped me getting any work done. Arrestingly original.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 9 June 2012 08:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I've not really found her previous records to be that interesting so the fact this is proving so divisive is kinda intriguing.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2012 09:30 (six years ago) Permalink

To be honest, I nearly turned it off halfway through Years - those vocals!

i nearly tweeted at that point "is there ANY point in me continuing with this piece of shit" but i soldiered on and it got no better. seriously those vocals are unlistenable and the music is completely insubstantial, in a vaguely queasy out-of-tune way. and has she put any thought into the structure of any track> it seems completely directionless and random.

i don't really think there's a separation b/w the vox and the music, nothing of consequence happens it either, and it doesn't happen in a horrible-sounding way.

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 10:24 (six years ago) Permalink

it's definitely the worst album i've sat all the way through this year.

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 10:25 (six years ago) Permalink

I feel like I'm going to have to give it another cursory listen if/when it turns up on Spotify but this album really was one of the biggest disappointments of the year so far.

And in a year of so many solid releases (SVIIB! Grimes! Dawn Richard! I'm hoping I get to add Cooly G! to this list, Coldplay cover or no) the idea of having to put time and effort into something I found so initially ... revolting (not even in the sense of gross, in the sense of, my ears revolted against having to hear it) just doesn't seem particularly like a good way of spending my time.

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:04 (six years ago) Permalink

I definitely can relate, but it's strange since it also feels calculated and intentional.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, I'm sure that it is! I just don't want to put it in mine ears.

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:08 (six years ago) Permalink

it definitely seems calculated and deliberate - i LOVE halo's vox on games' "strawberry skies" so it's not like this is all she can do with her voice

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:29 (six years ago) Permalink

which makes it worse, i almost feel offended that she expects people to accept work this shoddy

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:31 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm only three songs in but I'm finding something somewhat beguiling in all of this, like her vocals are in tune until such point as she decides she wants them not to be, but I'm not sure that's necessarily interesting in itself and I've no idea whether or not the album in general will hold up once the initial weirdness factor has worn off.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2012 12:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard the new thing?

Unchanging Window (Ross), Sunday, 25 June 2017 03:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Just listened to it. I have a history with her of "This is interesting, but I know I'm never going to play it again". I was expecting the same outcome after the first couple of tracks but it won me over by the end. There are even a couple of nice pop moments in "Moontalk" (positively jaunty!) and "Do U Ever Happen" (dreamy).

Jeff W, Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:42 (one year ago) Permalink

First impressions: Sounds like the closest Halo has come to pop songwriting since "King Felix", but this is still very uniformly slow and with jazzy cut-up beats. Thankfully it's not as much of a trudge as Quarantine though, moreso like a meeting point between her instrumental electronic projects and her vocal explorations.

Do U Ever Happen is indeed v. dreamy

Unchanging Window (Ross), Thursday, 29 June 2017 04:17 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

mix from july
https://soundcloud.com/discwoman/discwoman-27-x-laurel-halo

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

https://assets.boomkat.com/spree/products/517731/large/192562685860.jpg

new record, more ambient than dust

ogmor, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:22 (two months ago) Permalink

it completely rules

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:19 (two months ago) Permalink

ooooooh, psyched to hear this

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Hoping it’s not as alienating as the last one ☝️

Ross, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:46 (two months ago) Permalink

haven't heard this yet, looking forward to it!

Dan S, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I heard Yanny

boxedjoy, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I really liked this new one, enough to push me to revisit her earlier work which I have enjoyed but have trouble recalling after listening

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:23 (two months ago) Permalink

chance of rain is a classic of the 2010s

brimstead, Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:28 (two months ago) Permalink

really psyched for this, obv

brimstead, Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Hour logic tho

Legalize dreams (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 00:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Damn this is v beautiful and unexpected. Requiem-like at times with echoes of Shostakovich.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 20 July 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Some very otherworldly textures on here. An unusual recording altogether. Don't think I've heard much like it. "The Sick Mind" reminds me of Debussy.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 July 2018 05:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Don’t sleep on king Felix st

Halo wraps 4 tracks around an orchestral loop, with house beats ricocheting off the motif. Last track is purely ambient

Legalize dreams (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 06:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Vocals?

pomenitul, Friday, 20 July 2018 07:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah vocals for sure

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/ep/king_felix_f1/spring/

Legalize dreams (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 08:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Not to be confused with the king Felix ep by halo

Legalize dreams (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 08:15 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

the new record is so elegant, much prefer it to dust. quietude and the sick mind remind me a little of some of blue gene tyranny's electronic stuff and the opener is so wearily gorgeous. this deserves more attention

ogmor, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:29 (one month ago) Permalink

this is my favorite thing she's done since quarantine but also it feels weird to say that bc neither record is v alike

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:54 (one month ago) Permalink

ppl who hated quarantine were extremely wrong incidentally

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:56 (one month ago) Permalink

dust is my fav thing she’s ever done. gonna listen to this today. i wonder if i will like it!!!!

flopson, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

ppl who hated quarantine were extremely wrong incidentally

― princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, August 7, 2018 10:56 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

damn straight

brimstead, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes. Quarantine got a lot of unwarranted hate, especially because of the vocal style she chose. Some of Ilm was very snide. I felt like I was at school again.

Dust was cool. Not spent enough time with the new one but it sounded good first time round.

kraudive, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:43 (one month ago) Permalink

i found dust difficult to get into but i guess i should've just tried harder, it sounds wonderful rn

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:14 (one month ago) Permalink

thisS trippy

flopson, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:23 (one month ago) Permalink

It's almost like ambient free jazz

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:03 (one month ago) Permalink

got so excited after listening to dust ] i put on hour logic and then quarantine and wow, these records rule so much, all her records... rule so much?

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:09 (one month ago) Permalink

raw silk feels p minor , but it’s good and will be useful to me

flopson, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:22 (one month ago) Permalink

i should relisten to quarantine

flopson, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened up this cranked up on the stereo today followed by the new Pram. It was a good afternoon.

If I like this one, which should I check out next?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I had like 8 intense, meaningful listens to this and then suddenly felt done with it. But nothing wrong with that.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Chance of Rain is my favorite but it’s fairly different from this. Honestly they all are but maybe just work backwards and do Dust next.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 02:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Put on Dust, but wasn't digging the vocals, so I switched to Chance of Rain, and I'm liking it much more.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 03:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Search: hour logic, in situ, king Felix ep
Antenna, behind the green door, her DJ mixes
King Felix - spring

Destroy: quarantine, sunlight on the faded
Dust

Ross, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 03:05 (one month ago) Permalink

?
quarantine is the best record she ever made

I love Chance of Rain

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 03:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, damn, Chance of Rain is really good! I had kind of given up on her after the Quarantine hype.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 03:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Important to put quarantine in context. It was given attention in indie circles probably due to its eye catching cover but if you followed her music prior it came as a massive surprise. Almost like tilt by Scott walker as opposed to his earlier material. Quarantine sounds nothing like any other halo record until maybe dust came out. Her avant- grade side doesn’t do much for me. King Felix spring is still her best record and slept on so yeah...

Ross, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 05:04 (one month ago) Permalink

vocals on Quarantine are a dealbreaker for me

flopson, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 05:09 (one month ago) Permalink

the whole strange focus on the surreal quality of the vocals and the shunning of expected vocal production are really the amazing things about the album for me

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 05:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm really liking Raw Silk Uncut Wood

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 06:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I love the closing track on quarantine

Halo has done vocals in many other forms, the ones on quarantine are a little more jagged and raw.

Pop vocal halo : king Felix - ep

Swirling choral vocals used more for texture : king Felix spring ep

Dreadnought of chicanery (Ross), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 13:27 (one month ago) Permalink

i had completely forgotten her vocals worked in and out of hour logic too, i think i thought they were a sample at the time

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 13:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Absolutely Brad - one of her finest records too

Dreadnought of chicanery (Ross), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 14:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Hour Logic EP taken off Spotify for some dumb reason.

Don't think she will ever top it for me though unless she made a whole album of Strawberry Skies or Holodays.

nashwan, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

strawberry skies is dope

also that kuedo - halo collapsing in space remix is some next level shit

Hour logic definitely up there nashwan, hell one song sounds like Tekken music

Dreadnought of chicanery (Ross), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 15:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Carcass is such a motherfucker of a song

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 12 August 2018 05:42 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm revisiting Quarantine for the first time in years because I liked the new album so much. it's so claustrophobic and unpleasant - like it's a great record, but also kind of a jarring experience. I remember allmusic called it like a soundtrack to a science fiction nightmare, which is a good lens to view the record through imo (especially when considering that album cover!)

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 12 August 2018 05:50 (one month ago) Permalink


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