Sunday, August 7, 2011

Laurel Halo - Hour Logic

Hippos In Tanks, 2011

Halo creates a deeply personal synth vision that here seems to merge the Kraut-sequenced post-Oneohtrix field of hauntological electronics with some of the compositional flavor and rogueness of early-90s IDM & ambient techno; AFX, Autechre, especially The Orb. Her vocals are an entirely different story, somewhere between a parallel-universe 80s android diva and the even more lovely lingual bloomings of 4AD chanteuses like Elizabeth Fraser. What comes to my ears is far beyond the monotony that's turned me off to the new new age synth movement in recent days, a sound that despite its obvious 20-year old bin digging doesn't sound like an exercise in weak retro fashion; instead it's daringly ethereal and futuristic electronic music.


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