Laurel Halo’s debut album, Quarantine, will be released this month on Hyperdub.
We’ve been fans of Halo since the start here at FACT: her self-released debut EP, King Felix, pitched a suspended form of pop somewhere between Kate Bush’s oddball ballads and the freeform synth music of Oneohtrix Point Never et al, and showcased an artist with promise beyond the majority of her peers. The Michigan-born, New York-based Halo then released a second, more techno-influenced EP for Hippos in Tanks (who also re-released King Felix), Hour Logic, while also contributing an ambient cassette release to NNA Tapes and delivering a slew of exciting remixes.
This year, as well as introducing the world to a more dancefloor-focussed alter-ego, Halo signed to Hyperdub, home of Burial, Ikonika, Hype Williams and more, for the release of her debut album Quarantine. A more naked, exposed record than anything that she’s released to date, stylistically it’s closest to her King Felix debut, but with Halo’s voice in the foreground, riding waves of digital processing as opposed to being submerged in them.
We’re streaming Quarantine all week at FACT (it’s all been rendered as one track, at the label’s request). Hyperdub will release it on May 28 in the UK, June in the US. You can read our recent interview with Halo here.
Laurel Halo: Quarantine