Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Holly Herndon - Movement
One of my favourite albums of 2012. Holly Herndon seems to be among the very small handful of musicians really doing something genuinely new and unique with experimental electronic music.
I mean there's occasional 4/4 beats lurking about and odd bits of squelchy 303-style basslines. However, when I say odd I also mean bizarre.
The third 'song' Breathe is really unsettling. Starts off with lots of odd sounding breaths treated loads and layered. Just sounds completely alien. The kind of thing that could really give you nightmares. Some of them end up almost as the gurgles of someone dying. Not the kind of thing you'd have on your headphones walking home at night down a dark alley.
However, if you happen to be in charge of soundtracking a horror film I've got exactly what you need right here.
There's treated male voice on a later song combined with treated female voice. That one sounds a bit more fun though. Almost like they were sat around making the noises of speeding racing cars at a baby. Total doppler effect stuff going on. Some strange harmonies as well.
It's one of those albums you could probably write a whole essay about if you were that way inclined. I'm happy enough to just say it's brilliant and enjoy listening to it a bunch more.