Album Review – Dust by Laurel Halo
Laurel Halo Dust Hyperdub Records Operating as both an installation in sound... and a singular patchwork of eccentric groove, Dust, by Berlin-based producer Laurel Halo, is an eleven-song fever dream transmission that refuses to be pigeonholed. This release seems more concerned with the abilities of the voice, many of them in fact, and their capacity to frame stories as the device to deliver music. The lead song, "Sun to Solar," is an adaptation of "Servidão de Passagem" by Brazilian concrete poet Haroldo de Campos. Along with the ensuing "Jelly," these are casual yet VERY legit broken beat tracks at the core. Both are purposely cut up and into with different voicing and add-on passages from what can be assumed are conversations with friends. Halo fills these "chatterings" with her roster of ace underground artists that include Klein, Lafawndah, and Michael Salu, as well as musicians such as Eli Keszler, Craig Clouse ($hit and $hine), Julia Holter, Max D, Michael Beharie, and Diamond