Holly Herndon: Platform | Album Review
Holly Herndon’s experimentation is something to behold. The Tennessee-born electronic music composer, vocalist and academic has the agility to move from scene to scene and the smarts to apply the right contexts to the strange noises at her fingertips.
Her third album – and first for the rejuvenated 4AD label – shows that she’s also adept at locating the right signals amidst a rich fabric of brilliantly applied noise.
Whatever about Herndon’s past adventures in clubland, Platform has a throughline to the more nuanced ploys and plays of artists like Laurie Anderson or Brian Eno.
Interference, DAO and Home are brimful with fantastic splashes of sound, Herndon conducting the disparate gallery into thrilling sweeps of often playful but always engaging electronic pop.