LAU­REL HALO Dust

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It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing when artists re­turn to the well which in­flu­enced them be­fore. Back in 2012, Lau­rel Halo’s Quar­an­tine de­but demon­strated that a rally of ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tronic broad­casts and her own voice could be hugely en­hanced with a com­pelling pop edge. Other al­bums since have had Halo ad­vanc­ing and manouevring in a range of ab­stract di­rec­tions, but

Dust is a strik­ing re­turn to the song-based struc­tures and ter­rain of that first al­bum. There’s a play­ful­ness and a steely pur­pose to how Halo ma­nip­u­lates R&B house and techno tem­plates and tex­tures. Through­out, Halo and her cast of col­lab­o­ra­tors – Ju­lia Holter, Lafawn­dah, Eli Kes­zler and Max D – con­fi­dently make merry with ideas which com­bine to be more than just a re­flec­tion of their in­di­vid­ual ref­er­ence points. A record where Halo has her voice back in every sense. twit­ter.com/lau­rel­halo JIM CAR­ROLL

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