Release Date: Jan 21, 2014
Record label: ADA
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
Holly Herndon’s work thrives on the tension between abstraction and accessibility. Large chunks of her full-length debut, Movement, reflected the Mills College graduate’s grounding in academia. Early on, electronic music was mostly the product of state-funded institutions like universities and public radio due to the vast resources needed to acquire and maintain the equipment.
Few artists in popular music are as vocal advocates of the laptop as performative instrument as Holly Herndon. Her live performances, where she records and processes not only her voice but also the sounds of her computer’s inner workings in real time, blur the lines between the input of her breath and vocals and the output of her laptop so effectively as to render the division between natural and synthetic redundant. On her debut album, Movement, she explored the interplay between humanity and technology against a background of throbbing techno, concerns she revisits on her new EP.