Monday, 2 August 2010

DOWNLOAD: Laurel Halo - King Felix EP

Laurel Halo
King Felix EP
--(OFFICIAL LINK EXPIRED - ORDER THE 12" FROM HIPPOS IN TANKS HERE)--
Laurel Halo is definitely an artist to keep your eyes and ears pinned to, whether you are into this whole Witch House thing or not. The solo Brooklynite has been causing a few ripples across the web with Forkcasts on Pitchfork, contributing sinh (Something I Never Had) to the TriAngle Let Me Shine For Me compilation and an increasing presence across The Blogs - which I am more than happy to boost up with this post.  She is in the habit of giving her tracks away for free via her website or last.fm and now she has put out this whole EP of new material to download for nothing.

Listening to King Felix  puts me in a similar headspace to Oneohtrix Point Never, with multiple layers of tone bubbling and effervescing across each others surfaces, slipping off in differing directions of sound - some pulling out angelic resonance and euphoria, other dragging the tone down into dissonance and noise, then passing back into each other through distorted wormholes to a harmonious communion. Which makes sense considering he described her music as "really intricate, really ornate synth-pop" in an interview with Pitchfork

Beyond simple synth pop, they both mine a seam of deep hypnagogic cosmia, using oscillation to mirror and refract brain waves, sucking listeners into parallel universes, distorting perceptions of time and spatial awareness - a disorienting bubble of shimmering liquid colours, glassy, brittle, fragile, and delicate; hanging like a portal towards the two otherworldy realms of light and dark - Witch House and Hypnogogic Pop.  Laurel Halo straddles both worlds and produces an improbably rich soundworld because of it.


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  1. she's really good isnt she, I picked this EP up a few weeks ago and was even thinking of blogging about her but you've pipped me to the post!

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  2. Yeah, this ep keeps gettin gbetter the more I hear it. I thought you had already written about her at some point. Don't let me stop you!

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