Laurel Halo signs to Hyperdub, readies debut LP
Modern-day highbrow synth and techno auteur Laurel Halo has received nothing but rave reviews for her two EPs,King Felix and last year’s amazing Hour Logic (both out on NY-based Hippos In Tanks). The EPs, especially Hour Logic, are beautiful, flowing works of re-animated techno and house. Now, though, Halo has signed with London’s Hyperdub label (responsible for essentially creating dubstep way back when) and is readying her debut full-length album, entitledQuarantine and scheduled for release on May 28.
Quarantine is reportedly going to feature less of the liquid techno of Halo’s EPs and instead opting for a “slower, squishier brand of synth-pop that features often untreated, raw vocals.” Hyperdub has this to say: “Like Halo’s previous releases, Quarantine slams ambient suspension and disorienting detail up against each other. The twelve songs here operate as complex vacuums, airborne harmony and movement met with incidental noise and sub bass pressure, sample details and synth lines as trails across a mutilated sonic topography… Sensual melodies are bent to the point of nausea, inducing the torque of a psychedelic pop that simultaneously recalls elevation and trauma. This is a kind of music you might not have heard before, and in 2012 that in itself is rare.”
Sounds great to me. Also, via FACT, the Quarantine artwork is now up for your viewing pleasure. It’s a detail of a piece by Japanese artist Makoto Aida, and it’s pretty weird: