Berlin via Ann Arbor, Michigan, musician Laurel Halo has gone far in the underground-electronic-music world by eschewing obviousness in her productions. That courageous approach has led to releases on discerning labels such as Hyperdub, RVNG Intl., and Livity Sound. I once described Halo’s sound as being “poised between artful abstraction and strangely beautiful song-based structures”; that still holds. With 2017’s Dust, she collaborated with the deft percussionist Eli Keszler in a valiant effort to rewrite the electro-pop rulebook with her patented off-kilter melodic and rhythmic allure. For last year’s Raw Silk Uncut Wood, Keszler and cellist Oliver Coates join Halo for a heady whirl into an austere kind of electronic chamber music that’s more about discovering unconventional textures and conjuring elusive moods.
No telling what she’ll bring to Kremwerk tomorrow night, but it’s bound to be fascinating. Some media below.