Laurel Halo

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Laurel Halo
Laurel halo.jpg
Halo in 2011
Background information
Birth nameIna Cube
Born (1985-06-03) June 3, 1985 (age 33)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Piano
  • guitar
  • violin
Years active2006–present
Labels
Websitewww.laurelhalo.com

Ina Cube (born June 3, 1985), known professionally as Laurel Halo,[6] is an American electronic musician currently based in Berlin, Germany. She released several early EPs on the labels such as Hippos in Tanks before releasing her debut album Quarantine on Hyperdub in 2012. She followed with the studio albums Chance of Rain (2013) and Dust (2017), both released to critical praise, as well as various EPs and the mini-album Raw Silk Uncut Wood (2018).

Biography[edit]

Ina Cube was born on June 3, 1985 in Ann Arbor, Michigan,[7][3] where she also grew up and learned playing the piano, guitar and violin. Beginning composing at age 19, she draws influences from the music of Detroit, London and Berlin, as well as from her time in free jazz ensembles and as a college radio DJ, and in classes in classical theory. She moved to New York City in 2009, and later moved to Berlin in 2013.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Halo self-released the EPs The Future Fruit and Ambrosia before signing with Hippos in Tanks and releasing the EPs King Felix (2010) and Hour Logic (2011).[1] Her debut album, Quarantine, was released on the London-based label Hyperdub in June 2012. The album received widespread critical praise, and was named Album of the Year of 2012 by The Wire. Her second album, Chance of Rain, was released in October 2013.[8]

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.[9][10] 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.[11] In addition, Halo released In Situ, a double-EP for the London-based label Honest Jon's in the fall of 2015.[12] 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.[13]

In June 2017, Halo released her third album Dust, featuring contributions from Eli Keszler, Julia Holter, Michael Salu, Max D, Klein, and Lafawndah among others.[14] The album received critical praise from numerous publications.[15] In January 2018, it was announced that Halo wrote a score for the documentary film Possessed by Dutch design studio Metahaven and Rob Schröder.[16] Later that year in July, she released a mini-album on Latency Recordings titled Raw Silk Uncut Wood, which she stated was inspired by her contribution to the film. The mini-album consists of six instrumental ambient tracks, and features contributions from cellist Oliver Coates, whom she also worked with on the Possessed score, and percussionist Eli Keszler.[17] Halo also teamed up with Bristol-based musician Hodge on the collaborative EP Tru / Opal / The Light Within You, which was released on November 30, 2018, by Livity Sound Recordings. The two worked on the three songs together over the course of a couple years in Berlin.[18][19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Quarantine
  • Released: May 21, 2012
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Chance of Rain
  • Released: October 28, 2013
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Dust
  • Released: June 23, 2017
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Raw Silk Uncut Wood
  • Released: July 13, 2018
  • Label: Latency
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
King Felix
Hour Logic
  • Released: June 21, 2011[21]
  • Label: Hippos in Tanks
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Antenna
  • Released: November 5, 2011[22]
  • Label: NNA Tapes
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Behind the Green Door
  • Released: May 20, 2013
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
In Situ
  • Released: September 25, 2015[23]
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Tru / Opal / The Light Within You
(with Hodge)
  • Released: November 30, 2018[18]
  • Label: Livity Sound
  • Formats: LP, digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Sunlight on the Faded"[24] 2012 Non-album single
"Jelly"[25] 2017 Dust

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist
"Casual Diamond"[26] 2011 Sleep ∞ Over
"Living With You"[27] 2013 John Cale
"Blue Scene"[28] 2018 Helm
"Throw"[29] Forest Swords
"Die 4 You"[30] Perfume Genius

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Strawberry Skies"
(featuring Laurel Halo)
2010 Games That We Can Play
"Mist of Time"
(featuring Laurel Halo)
2012 Teengirl Fantasy Tracer
"Blue Nation" 2015 N/A Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton[31]

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phares, Heather. "Laurel Halo | Biography & History". Allmusic. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Kujundzic, Petar. "Laurel Halo - Light + Space". Hypebeast. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Lester, Paul. "New Band of the Day: No. 1,028 Laurel Halo". The Guardian. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Calculated Chaos of Laurel Halo". The Stranger. November 30, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Pinckney, Jim (August 22, 2013). "An interview with musician Laurel Halo". Noted. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Laurel Halo: deep cover". September 6, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2018. Laurel Halo is a stage name – My real name is Ina Cube
  7. ^ @LaurelHalo (June 3, 2009). "happy birthday to me" (Tweet). Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Pelly, Jenn (August 20, 2013). "Laurel Halo Announces New Album, Chance of Rain". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Terepa EP". Juno Records. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Sharon Van Etten, Julia Holter, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo on Comp of Unreleased Karen Dalton Songs - News - Pitchfork". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  11. ^ Arts Centre Melbourne. "SUPERSENSE - John Cale - Arts Centre Melbourne". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Laurel Halo - In Situ : Honest Jon's Records". honestjons.com. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. ^ CTM Festival. "Still Be Here". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Arcand, Rob. "Laurel Halo Announces New Album Dust, Releases "Jelly"". SPIN Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Laurel Halo - Dust Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  16. ^ Coultate, Aaron (January 10, 2018). "Laurel Halo writes score for new Metahaven documentary, Possessed". Resident Advisor. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  17. ^ Kolada, Brian (January 10, 2018). "Laurel Halo connects with Latency for new mini-album, Raw Silk Uncut Wood". Resident Advisor. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Tru / Opal / The Light Within You". Bandcamp. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "Laurel Halo & Hodge - Tru by Livity Sound". SoundCloud. November 30, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  20. ^ "New Release: Laurel Halo: King Felix EP". Pitchfork. October 29, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "New Release: Laurel Halo: Hour Logic EP". Pitchfork. October 29, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "Laurel Halo". NNA Tapes. November 5, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  23. ^ "Laurel Halo Returns With Honest Jon's EP". Self-Titled. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  24. ^ "New Laurel Halo: "Sunlight on the Faded"". Pitchfork. December 3, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "Laurel Halo Is Having More Fun". The Fader. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "Casual Diamond - Single by Sleep ∞ Over on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  27. ^ "Living With You - Single by John Cale on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  28. ^ "Word in Action (Remixed) - EP by Helm on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  29. ^ "DJ-Kicks (Mixed Tracks) by Forest Swords on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  30. ^ "Reshaped - EP by Perfume Genius on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  31. ^ "Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton by Various Artists on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  32. ^ "New Release: Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin: FRKWYS Vol. 7". Pitchfork. June 22, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  33. ^ "Terepa - Terepa EP on Other People". Resident Advisor. August 6, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2018.