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- Chorus by Holly Herndon
Some months ago, a friend of mine insisted I check out Holly Herndon because she's right up my street, what with my fondness for the likes of Julia Holter and Ela Orleans. Well, I never got round to it, until today when I spied her new 12" poking out from my review mountain. There's a track on each side of this 12". On side A we've got chorus, which an intoxicating bit of cut-and-paste sampling, with a flickering rhythm built of tiny clicks and booming bass drum samples is joined just as rhythmically by some butchered vocal melodies. The vocals themselves are soft, sultry and melodic, but you never hear more than about half a second at a time.
It's very cleverly constructed in the way it ebbs and flows, walking that line between accessibility and all-out experimentalism in a very post-Laurie Anderson kind of way. I can totally see why I would like this, my friend was right. Over on the other side, 'Solo voice' deconstructs the track, isolating the vocal parts of the track and some synth (in this context I could swear some of these vocal sounds are the choral setting on a Korg M1 rather than actual samples), which is interesting in terms of figuring out the creative processes involved but not as fun a listen as the excellent A side.
8/10 Andy 16th February 2014
This is a maxi EP with 2 tracks - Side A: Chorus is a Holly's digital life sampled and played back in a danceable way. It is certainly the best track presented here. Side B: Solo Voice sees the samples, synths and drum machines stripped out and is more experimental. The problem here at that solo voice reminds me of Holly the PHD student - great if you are doing a PHD but slightly rather boring for the masses. Holly is at her best when she mixes dance beats with the experimental.
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