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photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher

Daniel Wohl, Laurel Halo, and Julia Holter
Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Daniel Wohl, Transit

"So you were there in a car and the windshield shattered," are the first words you heard at Laurel Halo and Julia Holter's collaborative set with electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl and his TRANSIT orchestra at the Merkin Concert Hall on Saturday night (2/23), as part of the ongoing indie-classical Ecstatic Music Festival. The line was quietly sung by Laurel, only to be sung by Julia the second time around, and finally for a third "verse," the two singers harmonized in unison, and their voices sound great together. The lyric was sung during a piece titled "Enter the Void," the first of three original pieces composed by Laurel, Julia, and Daniel played during the first set of Saturday's concert. The setup primarily featured Laurel and Daniel on electronics, as Daniel led his orchestra, and Laurel and Julia on vocals. All three musicians also had keyboards.

The pieces were heavy on vibes, never fully committing to drone, ambient IDM, modern classical or avant-garde, but pulling characteristics from all of those things to create drifting, floating atmospheres that were entirely their own. Vocally, the deliveries were bold and kind of the one thing that kept you grounded on earth. Both Julia and Laurel sang in similar styles to their respective 2012 albums, Ekstasis and Quarantine, restoring a sense of familiarity each time they chimed in over the electronics and orchestra swells' ability to emerge the listener into the unknown. One of the pieces was written on the setlist as "Corps Remix," and presumably has its roots in Laurel Halo's remix of Daniel Wohl's "323," from his Corps Exquis project (who Laurel once shared a bill with in Brooklyn).

After leaving the stage for a short intermission, the musicians returned for a second set, which featured three songs performed as one continuous piece. It began with Julia literally whispering spoken word into the mic and Laurel eventually joining her on contrasting parts. The whispering was followed by some sparse moments of singing into more depths of weirdness. But as a finale to the medley, they brought everything back home with a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned tune, Don't Make Me Over," ending with Julia and Laurel powerfully chanted in unison, "Accept me for who I am, accept me for the things that I do."

An archived recording of the show will eventually be available at WQXR. More pictures (including one of the setlist) below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at PS1 in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laurel Halo

Brooklyn electronic duo Blondes will release their self-titled debut full length on February 7 via RVNG Intl. The album's got eight original tracks and a second disc with remixes of every track by Laurel Halo, Teengirl Fantasy, Andy Stott and others. They've got a video for album track "Wine," which, like their 2010 EP Touched, is what it would probably have sounded like if Manuel Gottsching made house music. You can watch that video below, along with the Teengirl Fantasy remix of the same song. The artwork and tracklist are below too.

Blondes have an NYC show coming up on December 16 at 285 Kent Ave with Ital, Dariius, Laurel Halo (DJ), and Vibes Management DJs. More info on this show below.

Laurel Halo, whose Hour Logic EP is ending up on a few year end lists, also plays a headlining show a few days earlier at Glasslands on December 13 with Forma, Corps Exquis, and Lorna Dune. Tickets for that show are available. If you still haven't heard Hour Logic, it was an unexpected turn towards ambient IDM which hardly ever reveals the vocals that dominated her synthy dream pop EP, King Felix. Fortunately, she's great at both sounds. Hour Logic is streaming in full below.

Teengirl Fantasy also DJs at a True Panther party TONIGHT (12/9) at Cameo with DJ sets by Lemonade, Tanlines, Van Rivers (of Glasser who also have a 285 Kent show on 12/17), and Cool Places Soundsystem, who also DJs the King Krule show at Glasslands (1/13). The flier for the True Panther show is below.

Speaking of Ital, whose real name is Daniel Martin-McCormick and who was a member of 2000s Dischord band Black Eyes, then went on to form Mi Ami with Black Eyes bandmate Jacob Long, and also records music under the moniker Sex Worker, he's teaming up with electronic label Planet Mu (who just put out the new Keep Shelly in Athens EP) for his next release, Hive Mind, which is due out on February 13. You can stream and pre-order the entire thing at Planet Mu's website.

All dates, video, song streams, and other stuff below...

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