Laurel Halo's "Quarantine", released on Hyperdub Records, follows hot on the heels of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland's Black Is Beautiful
recorded for the same label and is not unlike that album in that it too is uncategorisable and will probably appeal to a similar audience.
To compare Laurel Halo to Bjork would be doing both artists a disservice although that is as good a starting point as any. There are similarities both in the singing style and in the heavy use of electronic instrumentation. "Quarantine" has a down-tempo, folky, hazy feel with, at times, an almost Boards of Canada ambience. The multi-tracked vocals even sound a bit Liz Fraser in places and give the LP an other-worldly melancholy feel.
And the harakiri schoolgirl artwork is brilliant - looks good on the CD (digipak) format (you need to look closely) and I expect would look even better in 12" vinyl format.
Don't be put off by the fact that this is another arty release from a trendy New Yorker - believe me, this is almost certainly one of the reasons why James Murphy is losing his edge.
This CD just gets better with every play - the kids ARE coming up from behind!