LAU­REL HALO

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Dust HYPER­DUB 8/10 mel­low bri­co­lage on michi­gan pro­ducer’s third Hav­ing eluded easy clas­si­fi­ca­tion with Quar­an­tine and Chance Of Rain, two al­bums of serenely frac­tured elec­tron­ics, Ber­lin-based cos­mo­naut Lau­rel Halo looks to ex­plore a more for­mal means of ex­pres­sion with the ab­stracted pop and lush funk of Dust. Voices and col­lab­o­ra­tors – in­clud­ing Ju­lia Holter, Eli Kes­zler and Lon­don up­start Klein – bob and sway in the mix, lead­ing the lis­tener into a mu­si­cal hall of mir­rors where sin­u­ous per­cus­sive rhythms mesh with cut-up sax and vi­o­lin, gently scram­bled by Halo’s dig­i­tal ca­ress. “Jelly”’s lan­guid r&B and the Latin shuf­fle of “Moontalk” will se­duce new­com­ers, while the rest – like Juana Molina’s re­cent Halo – is sub­tle and end­lessly en­gross­ing.

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