Album of the Week: Dust by Laurel Halo


Born in Michigan but currently based in Berlin, Germany, Laurel Halo is one of the most compelling electronic producers around. Halo’s third album, Dust, is out now from Hyperdub, and is breaking all preconceptions about women in electronic music.

Mixing experimental beats, synth pop, and abstract sounds, with techno hints that peek out in her live sets, the classical and free-jazz trained musician creates a new, 3D sonic experience in her compositions. Dust finds Halo returning to vocals after her 2013 instrumental record, Chance of Rain. Dust was inspired by the concrete poetry of Haroldo de Campos, Aram Saroyan’s minimal poems, Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho in If Not, Winter, and non-linear spoken word. Halo utilizes these influences without neglecting humor and irony: “I wanted to have the album feel loose and illogical and surprising and messy,” Halo told the New York Times. “I wanted to have it breathe.”

Watch the video for “Jelly” off the new album below!

Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →