|Also known as||King Felix, Ina Cube|
|Origin||Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States|
Laurel Halo is an American electronic musician and recording artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Her debut album Quarantine was released on Hyperdub in 2012 and subsequently named album of the year by The Wire. Her latest album Dust was released in June 2017 to critical praise.
Halo was raised in Michigan, and her work reveals the influence of diverse sources such as Detroit techno, the writing of Philip K. Dick, training in classical theory, and her time in free jazz ensembles. She released a variety of EPs between 2006 and 2010, including the King Felix and Hour Logic EPs on Hippos in Tanks. Halo released her debut album Quarantine 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 magazine. Her second album, Chance of Rain, was released in October 2013.
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. 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. In addition, Halo released In Situ, a double-EP for the London-based label Honest Jon's in the fall of 2015. 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.
In 2017, Halo announced her third album Dust, featuring contributions from Eli Keszler, Julia Holter, Michael Salu, Max D, Klein, and Lafawndah among others. The album received critical praise from publications such as The Guardian, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Resident Advisor.
Singles and EPs
- King Felix EP (Hippos in Tanks, 2010)
- Hour Logic EP (Hippos In Tanks, 2011)
- Antenna EP (NNA Tapes, 2011)
- Sunlight on the Faded (Hyperdub, 2012)
- Behind the Green Door EP (Hyperdub, 2013)
- In Situ Double-EP (Honest Jon's, 2015)
- 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)
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- "Terepa EP". Juno Records. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
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- Arts Centre Melbourne. "SUPERSENSE - John Cale - Arts Centre Melbourne". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Laurel Halo - In Situ : Honest Jon's Records". honestjons.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
- CTM Festival. "Still Be Here". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- Arcand, Rob. "Laurel Halo Announces New Album Dust, Releases "Jelly"". SPIN Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
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