Platform (album)

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Platform
Platform by Holly Herndon - album artwork.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 19, 2015 (2015-05-19)
Genre
Length49:36
Label4AD
ProducerHolly Herndon
Holly Herndon chronology
Chorus EP
(2014)
Platform
(2015)

Platform is the second studio album by American electronic producer Holly Herndon, released on 19 May 2015 via 4AD. The album received wide critical acclaim upon its release.[1] It is the first commercially released album to include a track intended to trigger autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), "Lonely at the Top".[2][3][4][5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[9]
NME8/10[10]
Pitchfork8.7/10[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Resident Advisor4/5[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]
Spin7/10[15]
Uncut9/10[16]

Winston Cook-Wilson of Pitchfork wrote that "Platform may turn out to be the most thought-provoking experimental electronic music release of the year."[11] Laurie Tuffrey of The Quietus wrote that "in so solidly refuting musical clichés, it can genuinely lay claim to the oft-used description forward-facing."[17] The Guardian's Tshepo Mokoena wrote that "[Herndon] turns cold, lifeless synthetic beats into disconcerting, disjointed rhythms that glitch and collapse on each other", describing the album as "gloriously avant garde and fiercely inventive."[8] Drowned in Sound wrote that "at once Herndon’s most accessible and most adventurous record, this is digital age avant-garde sound art put through a pop prism, and it’s all the more exciting as a result."[18] Heather Phares of AllMusic described the album as "nuanced in how it combines political, technological and structural and ideological concepts."[7]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2015 2015
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2015 2015
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
The Wire Top 50 Releases of 2015 2015

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Holly Herndon.

No.TitleLength
1."Interference"4:41
2."Chorus"5:55
3."Unequal"5:11
4."Morning Sun"5:21
5."Locker Leak"4:15
6."An Exit"4:58
7."Lonely at the Top"4:31
8."DAO"4:13
9."Home"5:53
10."New Ways to Love"4:38

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (2015) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[23] 20
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[24] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Platform by Holly Herndon". Metacritic. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (April 26, 2015). "Holly Herndon: the queen of tech-topia". The Guardian. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Sherburne, Philip (March 31, 2015). "Holly Herndon's collective vision". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Corcoran, Nina (May 22, 2015). "Holly Herndon goes off the grid". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Jacoby, Sarah (May 21, 2015). "Does this song trigger your ASMR?". Refinery29. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Cliff, Aimee (May 13, 2015). "Holly Herndon's new horizons". Dazed. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Platform – Holly Herndon". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Mokoena, Tshepo (May 14, 2015). "Holly Herndon: Platform review – fiercely inventive, brain-tingling techno". The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Carroll, Jim (May 15, 2015). "Holly Herndon: Platform | Album Review". The Irish Times. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Pattison, Louis (May 1, 2015). "Holly Herndon – 'Platform'". NME. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Cook-Wilson, Winston (May 21, 2015). "Holly Herndon: Platform". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "Holly Herndon: Platform". Q (347): 107. June 2015.
  13. ^ Maleney, Ian (June 3, 2015). "Holly Herndon – Platform". Resident Advisor. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  14. ^ Dolan, Jon (July 29, 2015). "Platform". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Joyce, Colin (May 20, 2015). "Review: Holly Herndon Pioneers the Skype Breakup Album With 'Platform'". Spin. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  16. ^ "Holly Herndon: Platform". Uncut (217): 70. June 2015.
  17. ^ Tuffrey, Laurie (June 2, 2015). "Holly Herndon: Platform". The Quietus. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  18. ^ Bland, Benjamin (14 May 2015). "Album Review: Holly Herndon – Platform". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  19. ^ "The Best Albums of 2015". The Guardian. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  20. ^ "NME's Albums of the Year 2015". NME. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  21. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  22. ^ "2015 Rewind: Releases of the Year 1–50". The Wire. No. 383. London. January 2016. p. 32 – via Exact Editions.
  23. ^ "Holly Herndon - Chart history". Billboard. United States. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  24. ^ "Holly Herndon - Chart history". Billboard. United States. Retrieved October 2, 2017.