Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music are at the core of Laurel Halo’s work, which ranges from live performance and DJing, to composing albums and scores. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, which released her debut album Quarantine in 2012. The record- with its strong juxtaposition of raw vocals and cold electronics – received critical acclaim, and was named Wire Magazine ‘Album of the Year’.
Two instrumental long players followed – 2013’s Chance of Rain for Hyperdub and 2015’s In Situ for Honest Jon’s -in conjunction with extensive touring. Both albums were developed from Laurel Halo’s live sets during those years— geometric, rhythmelodic dancefloor material made with a hardware setup. Throughout 2015 Halo composed the soundtrack for Still Be Here, a collaborative installation piece starring the Japanese virtual popstar, Hatsune Miku. The piece debuted in 2016 at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, followed by the Barbican in London in 2017. Her most recent long player, Dust, was released in 2017 by Hyperdub, again to critical acclaim; it combined the hardware machine funk aesthetics of previous releases with loose, languid songwriting, and featured a number of collaborators (including Eli Keszler, Julia Holter, Lafawndah and Klein).
In the last year Halo composed the score to the 2018 feature-length experimental documentary Possessed, directed by the Dutch design group Metahaven. Her next release is the mini-LP Raw Silk Uncut Wood, a collection of classically-inspired instrumentals, featuring percussion work by regular collaborator Eli Keszler, as well as cellist Oliver Coates.