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Laurel Halo


Debut album of experimental ambient dream pop from the Brooklyn-based artist

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  1. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    The results are nothing short of magnificent, producing a set of tracks whose fizzing surfaces are always disturbed by some new action just beneath
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    The addictive soundtrack to some kind of science fiction nightmare
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  3. 8.5 |   Prefix

    While the futurism still appears in the sheer construction of Halo's songs, the space on this album is not quasars and hyperdrive as much as it is physical: loneliness and emotional isolation
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  4. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Her voice is raw, uncorrected, unaltered, in order to create a 'brutal sensual ugliness'
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Beautiful, haunting, avant-garde electronic vocal pop. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Halo may have displayed her smarts on previous EP and cassette releases, but nothing in her back catalogue matches the widescreen, fully realised and confident sounds displayed here
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    At times it is a challenging listen, but Quarantine shows Laurel Halo's work to be something of a darker, more boundary-pushing twin to the polished dream-pop of Grimes
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  8. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    I’m going to go out on a limb and call this an ‘important’ record: new territory being trod
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The prettiness may seem surprising given the violence of the subject matter, but this is tempered by a growing sense of unease, and it grows in power with repeated listens
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  10. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    By intricately arranging and shrewdly sequencing her C.V. on a micro scale, it's her best and most cohesive work to date
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  11. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Quarantine should be a humbling experience, but there’s a certain air of gravitas about the whole thing that makes it seem so much larger than life
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  12. 6.0 |   NME

    Less concerned with the tropes of olde world dance music, more fixated on gloopy post-club ambience
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  13. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    She treats singing as synthetically as she does synthesizing, as an axis where feelings reshape into non-organic symbols, as factory-made forms of artificial flavoring
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