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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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

excited!

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

yea? never thought of that :/

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

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

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

New one sounds pretty nice.

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

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

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

Seems I've missed some backstory here...

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

AND it's nothingy

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

I was totally shocked when there was some interview and she said she was nervous about meeting this producer because she admired him so much and the producer was ... Dabrye?

eris bueller (lukas), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:05 (four years ago) Permalink

that's not shocking, Dabrye is dope

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:12 (four years ago) Permalink

i'll have to take another listen then

eris bueller (lukas), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:17 (four years ago) Permalink

two/three by dabrye is the one (there's an instrumental version of it too if you dislike rappers). the earlier stuff is a bit leaden.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:38 (four years ago) Permalink

This is brilliant. Keeps all the queasy delirium of Quarantine but manages to be fun and accessible despite the obvious sense of experimentation. I could easily see myself dancing to this in a nightclub, it's very sweaty and jacks hard, but it's also really engaging as a home listen in its weird metallic textures.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 2 November 2013 21:27 (four years ago) Permalink

otm

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Sunday, 3 November 2013 00:05 (four years ago) Permalink

I actually worked out to it a couple days ago and it was killer

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Sunday, 3 November 2013 00:05 (four years ago) Permalink

I've only listened to this a couple of times but it promises to be another fantastic piece of work from Halo.

I could easily see myself dancing to this in a nightclub

Sort of related but I really want to hear something from the Behind the Green Door 12" on a club system, especially "Sex Mission".

My god. Pure ideology. (ey), Sunday, 3 November 2013 05:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Sex Mission is a great ridiculous name for a track as well. On their RA mix earlier this year, Blondes drop it alongside other straight up club tracks and it definitely works.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 3 November 2013 07:53 (four years ago) Permalink

new album is real lush.. mastering is excellent, sounds great at high volume. could be way off, but some of the percussion recalls the (dry, direct) sound qualities of untilted by autechre, but softer-edged. Not sure if this can be attributed to her use of the Elektron machinedrum, or if autechre even used one on untilted. Wouldn't compare them otherwise, as this rides easier, doesn't feel over-laboured.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 17 November 2013 03:39 (four years ago) Permalink

I really like how immersive some of her stuff is. Like, I can switch off completely to a Laurel Halo release and just drift away... Sort of the opposite of being really engaged and aware (which I have to do with Autechre), it works best when I'm just nodding off or what have you - it's very visual.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Monday, 18 November 2013 10:47 (four years ago) Permalink

went from tentative to thinking this record rules, at times it sounds like an instrumental underworld record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:59 (four years ago) Permalink

i like some of the watery hues but the songs on this haven't really grabbed me all that much just yet. or at least i haven't quite grasped them - quite slippery music isn't it?

Papa Roachford (NickB), Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:09 (four years ago) Permalink

this record rules. I could go for some more electric piano tho.

original bgm, Monday, 25 November 2013 18:54 (four years ago) Permalink

really enjoying this.

serendip is amazing, so heavy.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:22 (four years ago) Permalink

That track 'Throw' with the detuned piano really reminds me of something - I think it's Polygon Window-era Aphex.

a beef supreme (dog latin), Friday, 29 November 2013 10:54 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Still play Chance of Rain all the time. A truly great record imo.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Friday, 20 February 2015 15:57 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, i forgot about it because i've been rediscovering Quarantine but it is really good.

I, (dog latin), Friday, 20 February 2015 16:00 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I really want a whole record of music that sounds like Dr Echt/Out, so beautiful

five six and (man alive), Saturday, 1 August 2015 01:42 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Double EP being released end of this month.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=31354

Nico, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:53 (two years ago) Permalink

good news. that Nebenwirkungen is real nice.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 25 September 2015 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Just ordered Chance of Rain and Quarantine today. I'm behind. New songs sound great.

austinato (Austin), Friday, 25 September 2015 21:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Got In Situ in the mail today. Listening now. . .

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 01:40 (two years ago) Permalink

like the new tracks, looking forward to this

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 01:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Really like this new stuff quite a bit. A lot to take in at once, but I think I'd rank it at least as high as Chance of Rain right off the bat.

austinato (Austin), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 15:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I listen to Chance of Rain in the gym on a regular basis -- hard to say why it makes a good workout record, but I never liked the pressure of "motivational" workout music.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 19:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Man In Situ is really good.

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 17:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Yep, it's really excellent.

neilasimpson, Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:07 (two years ago) Permalink

really like the new one, fantastically empty, something I find myself just wanting to inhabit for a while

ogmor, Monday, 26 October 2015 18:17 (two years ago) Permalink

'Found I'!!

That one's definitely going on my picks of the year mixtape.

austinato (Austin), Monday, 26 October 2015 18:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening on youtube now, this is great.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 01:36 (two years ago) Permalink

And it even has more jazzy electric piano like the bookends of Chance of Rain, just like I wanted

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 01:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I love how Focus I sounds like a lounge/acid jazz track only just slightly too heavy and dark.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 01:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Sorry, 'Focus I' is what I meant earlier.

Yeah, great track.

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 02:18 (two years ago) Permalink

man this whole record actually, second time through, fuck it's fantastic

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 02:26 (two years ago) Permalink

this is a little more dancey than chance of rain, and only in a good way

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 02:27 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

so i picked up the new one, i quite like it, when she's working in this mode it reminds me a lot of actress

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, June 9, 2012 3:24 AM (3 years ago)

i believe the same criticisms were made of actress's recent work

the late great, Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:42 (one year ago) Permalink

minus the part about the vox

anyway still think "quarantine" is her uneasy-listening masterpiece, and that her best instrumental work is on "hour logic", as for this one it seems slight in comparison to those two. i do agree that "focus i" is the highlight.

the late great, Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:45 (one year ago) Permalink

i guess "in situ" also feels ... a little anonymous, maybe? i thought a lot of it sounded like pearson sound or a lot of percussive, minimal post-dubstep stuff ... whereas "quarantine" really sounds like nobody else

the late great, Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:48 (one year ago) Permalink

xposts if it's not clear, lex's criticism was of "quarantine", not the new one

the late great, Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I liked In Situ and I'll take anonymity over those horrible, grating vocals on Quarantine any day. Thank god she decided to move to instrumental music.

Tuomas, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:56 (one year ago) Permalink

I think Chance of Rain is a pretty much perfect album (ask me again in 5 years). i can't really handle the textures of her previous noisier stuff, although i think "supersymmetry" was super catchy and great. love the vocal harmonies there. her super-processed vocals on "just a little pollution" from the frkwys collab disc are marvelous as well.

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i like her vocals on quarantine! i don't find them horrible or grating at all. they make me feel a little light-headed, but in a good way.

i will have to look into "chance of rain" and frkwys next, i guess.

the late great, Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:44 (one year ago) Permalink

i can't really handle the textures of her previous noisier stuff

aquifer??!??

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 29 January 2016 00:36 (one year ago) Permalink

"focus 1" is a jam

bicyclescope (mattresslessness), Friday, 29 January 2016 00:40 (one year ago) Permalink

I really liked her vocals on Quarantine too. that and Chance of Rain are my favorites

Dan S, Friday, 29 January 2016 01:36 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Anyone heard the new thing?

Unchanging Window (Ross), Sunday, 25 June 2017 03:18 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (two months ago) Permalink


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