Intrigued by music of Laurel Halo after hearing her track “Carcass” on RBMA’s Headphone Highlights program, I was thrilled to find Halo’s entire Quarantine album, including the track “Carcass,” is available on Freegal. I never thought the words “I, carcass” would be stuck in my head as a melodic phrase. Behind all the fuzzy layers of digital static is Halo’s classical training. She’s knows when to let a melody bleed through to keep you from drifting into the void.
The use of voice as abstract musical building block is reminiscent of Bjork’s (underrated and amazing) Medúlla. The alternating layers of cold ice and warm flannel are straight up Tim Hecker – another electronic composer, whose genre defining, critically acclaimed albums are also on Freegal. On Halo’s most recent release, Chance of Rain, she eschews vocals all together. Let’s explore this new territory together.