Proto (Holly Herndon album)

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Proto
Holly Herndon - Proto.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
Length44:07
Label4AD
Producer
Holly Herndon chronology
Platform
(2015)
Proto
(2019)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork8.2/10[1]

Proto (stylized in all caps) is the third studio album by American electronic musician Holly Herndon. It was released on May 10, 2019, via 4AD.[2] It includes the singles "Godmother" and "Eternal", with the video of the latter accompanying the album announcement.[3] The album was called a collaboration with an AI named "Spawn" co-created by Herndon and Mat Dryhurst.[4]

Background[edit]

The album was created in a collaboration with an AI program named "Spawn", created by Herndon and Mat Dryhurst, and located in a "DIY souped-up gaming PC". It features "live vocal processing and timeless folk singing" with an "emphasis on alien song craft".[4] The album features "live training" sessions where vocalists recruited by Herndon and Dryhurst would teach Spawn how to interpret sounds. Herndon has said that her aim is to make technology seem less "dehumanizing".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Birth"1:14
2."Alienation"3:43
3."Canaan (Live Training)"1:36
4."Eternal"4:45
5."Crawler"5:57
6."Extreme Love" (with Lily Anna Hayes and Jenna Sutela)2:34
7."Frontier"4:29
8."Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt"3:11
9."Swim"4:38
10."Evening Shades (Live Training)"1:33
11."Bridge" (with Martine Syms)2:48
12."Godmother" (with Jlin featuring Spawn)2:30
13."Last Gasp"5:09
Total length:44:07

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[6] 99

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geffen, Sasha (May 14, 2019). "Holly Herndon: PROTO Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Bloom, Madison (March 11, 2019). "Holly Herndon Announces New Album PROTO, Shares Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (March 11, 2019). "Holly Herndon Announces New Album PROTO, Releases Video for 'Eternal'". Spin. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Renshaw, David (March 11, 2019). "Holly Herndon announces new album PROTO". The Fader. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Bruce-Jones, Henry (March 11, 2019). "Holly Herndon sings to her A.I. baby on new album PROTO". Fact. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 18, 2019.