Laurel Halo Vinyl, CD & tapes by Laurel Halo at Norman Records
Imagine if Laurel Halo was DJing and she just kept switching in her own records. It'd be an absolute mess. An architect of techno, avant-pop, American contemporary, free jazz and ambient music, it's easiest to just call her a recording artist at this point, her endless commitment to breaking down schools and providing new experiments placing her all over the spectrum.
Halo's album trilogy for Hyperdub is probably a good place to start, and showcases the myriad possibilities found in her dance music alone. The carved up pop melodies of Quarantine promised a wayward artist, but she followed-up with the intentionally drab techno of Chance of Rain, providing greyscale bangers influenced by musique concrete. On Dust, her most recent full-length for the label, she made a record of joyous abandon with a whole parliament of pals, offering bouncy, lopsided jams that sounded carelessly vintage and futurist.
Halo's work elsewhere speaks to her time studying and playing free jazz, alongside her early musical excursions as a multi-instrumentalist. Alongside workout EPs for Hyperdub and Honest Jons, she recently released Raw Silk Uncut Wood for Latency, a record of sleepy works that sounded half-and-half improvised and composed. Once again, it provided a u-turn in a career full of them, suggesting Halo will never stop making her music new again.