- Summary: The second full-length release for the Brooklyn artist is a techno-inspired instrumental album.
- Record Label: Hyperdub
- Genre(s): Electronic, Indie Electronic, Dream Pop, Experimental Techno, Experimental Electronic
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Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Oct 31, 2013In my opinion, Laurel Halo made an amazing debut album in 2012: 'Quarantine' built an atmosphere of dense claustrophobia, with heavy ambiance constructed by industrial, dark electronic synths paired with melted and tuneless, expressive and creepy vocals that are like instruments. The album had a sci-fi, sometimes outer-space feel, in which the machines are made of flesh and they cut themselves deeper to expose a steely structure (driven by blood). That said, the cover art is also hugely meaningful; the picture, a drawing made by Japanese artist Makoto Aida, is equally disturbing and unnerving as many tracks from 'Quarantine'. The high school girls committing harakiri disclose their viscera, their guts, in a gesture of purification but, otherwise, a demonstration of illness a desire to be infected and affected by the inorganic pulses of mechanical beings during 40 days of doomed feelings.
When I first listened to 'Chance of Rain', I obviously felt the total difference between the two albums. 'Chance' sounds to me like the victory of machines, now beyond the flesh and blood vs. metallic; those machines have incorporated the human essence, the movement of people, so that they could made it on their own way. In my ears, this album stands for the capacity of making things move or predict their movement. The sounds are stretched to the wider range of IDM, minimal techno, drone and experimental, going through a landscape of difficultly danceable tracks. The songs are like waves, which go back and forth bringing new shapes and new nuances of rhythm. They're quite like post-Internet, designed in a cold and empty scenery where Laurel Halo, as a producer and one-woman band, fuses herself with her diversified pallet sound experiments. Now voiceless, but not meaningless, she dodges simple tags and demands the physical attention of the listener crafting a complex and obscure work.
My personal highlights: "Oneiroi", "Serendip", "Chance of Rain" and "Ainnome".
I'm still digging this record, feeling its meanings and trying to figure out the title and the cover art (Halo selected an eerie drawing). I've got some guesses, but now I feel safe only in order to recommend this stunning work of a gifted musician.… Expand
Dec 27, 2013After Quarantine Laurel Halo has taken a step back and revisited her techno sound of her Hour Logic EP. Where Quarantine was a brave and ultimately successful experiment Chance of Rain feels like a regressive move.
Some of Chance of Rain is enjoyable with hints of new directions but without the vocals of previous work makes the album less striking and characterless.… Expand
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