Laurel Halo

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Laurel Halo
Origin Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Genres Techno, IDM, Ambient
Instruments Synthesizer, drum machine, sampler, voice, piano
Labels Hyperdub, Honest Jon's

Laurel Halo is an American electronic musician and recording artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.


Halo is a classically trained musician,[1] whose work reveals influence from the music of her home state. The physical process and impact of time are recurring motifs. Halo released her debut album Quarantine on the London-based label Hyperdub in June 2012. The album received widespread critical praise, and was named the number one Album of the Year of 2012 by The Wire magazine.

In a live context Halo’s music is centered on hybrid rhythms, bass and psychedelic push. Her second album, Chance of Rain, was released in October 2013.[2]

Following this, in 2015 Halo worked alongside Rashad Becker, Julia Holter and NH'Koxyen on the collaborative, 'telepathic' Terepa EP, in addition to providing a cover of a previously lost Karen Dalton song for the Tompkins Square compilation, Remembering Mountains.[3][4] 2015 also saw Halo collaborate with John Cale and Lisa Gerrard for a special one-off performance of Cale's music at the Arts Centre Melbourne.[5] In addition, Halo released In Situ, a double-EP for the London-based label Honest Jon's in the fall of 2015.[6]

In 2016 Laurel Halo composed the soundtrack for Still Be Here, a collaborative piece featuring the Japanese virtual pop star Hatsune Miku. It premiered at HKW in Berlin, Germany.[7]



Singles and EPs[edit]


  • FRKWYS Vol. 7: Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo and Lopatin (RVNG Intl., 2011)
  • Terepa EP (Other People, 2015)
  • Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton (Tompkins Square, 2015)


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Laurel Halo - biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Pelly, Jenn (20 August 2013). "Laurel Halo Announces New Album, Chance Of Rain | News | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Terepa EP". Juno Records. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sharon Van Etten, Julia Holter, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo on Comp of Unreleased Karen Dalton Songs - News - Pitchfork". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Arts Centre Melbourne. "SUPERSENSE - John Cale - Arts Centre Melbourne". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Laurel Halo - In Situ : Honest Jon's Records". Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  7. ^ CTM Festival. "Still Be Here". Retrieved 20 March 2016.