Holly Herndon
Movement


4.5
superb

Review

by hankdee27 USER (19 Reviews)
November 21st, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Holly Herndon breathes some fresh air into experimental electronic music.

I'm glad I came across this. I'm no big fan of electronic music in general, but someone recommended I have a listen of this recently-released LP by this new artist. Holly Herndon is new, but not a rookie when it comes to making this industrialized 'laptop music'. Some may come into disgust at that term, but Holly knows her game (The young composer traveled around Europe for quite some time, in order to get the cultural feel of electronic music). She had once said herself that she wanted to learn a real instrument someday, so that she could be taken more seriously as a composer. Later, she returned to California's Mills College, and discovered that electronic music made from her computer could be her calling. Amazing, she has made a laptop a personal, intimate instrument that she crafts art with.

This LP is seven tracks long, and the total album time is only about 30 minutes long. Two of these seven tracks are at the one to two minute mark. Holly knows atmosphere in electronica, but she takes advantage of the colder, robotic side of this type of music, and creates some very worthy sounds. On the opener, "Terminal", waves of sound come across, going from one speaker to the other, quicker at each time, transforming into a grinding fan-like noise. This slowly transitions into cold, relaxing hums of ambience. It goes on even further. (There are too many sounds to note into a few sentences, it’s really that good). "Breathe" is without question the best track on this album, and it shows that Holly can turn her own breathes of air into ocean waves that sound almost quite creepy. The concept of the track is that we breathe when we are born until we die; know that's a pure Zen Buddhism concept right there. Another track that can be appreciated is the closer, "Dilato" with a guest male vocalist and Holly singing harmoniously together in computerized, glitchy style.

Much of Holly's own vocals are included in this fashion on here. Her voice all glitched up into different shapes and sizes can be quite impressive, crafting moods of playfulness, tenseness, and anxiousness. The only real beef I have with this album is that it the title doesn't really suggest a flow of what you would think, but that can be easily dismissed with the amount of ingenious sounds you'll find on here. I hope in the future, that Ms. Herndon can create something a bit longer as well, but that's no big problem either. Like my friend who recommended this to me, I recommend this to anyone who is not very interested or hates electronic music, because this LP might just happen to change your mind about everything you've heard so far. If I'm wrong, then the hell with this whole review, because I must have been drunk...
Recommended Tracks:
Terminal
Breathe
Dilato



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2012


21965 Comments


heard good things bout this might listen might not

hankdee27
November 21st 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Trust me, you shall not regret it if you do.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2012


21965 Comments


I hear that said so often lol

hankdee27
November 21st 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh sorry... That must suck, having all these people telling you what to listen to.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2012


21965 Comments


not sure what the point of that comment was

LilLioness
November 21st 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

You beat me to the punch. :P Damn vacation. Oh, well, I am still going to submit a review anyway.

hankdee27
November 21st 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You beat me to the punch. :P Damn vacation. Oh, well, I am still going to submit a review anyway.

Haha sorry, no one had written anything about it yet. So I took the chance for first review. I'll read your review though after you submit it.

hankdee27
November 21st 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album though,

LilLioness
November 21st 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

:3 Thank you. I am still debating whether to give it a 4.5 or 5 when I do mine. I want to 5, but I am not sure I can justify it to others.

hankdee27
November 21st 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I won't complain either way (even if you gave it a 1 i wouldn't complain), because to many people complain on here... > Everybody should be allowed to have an opinion.

LilLioness
November 21st 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I feel the same. Too many "this is not x" comments. I do sometimes lose my cool, too, but I strongly believe in respectful discussion.

hankdee27
November 21st 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, there are way to many dissapointing comments on here. No matter how good of a review a user may write, their critique of another's can still be constructive.

LilLioness
November 21st 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I do have to say, and this will be in my review, I feel that "Movement" is the most standout track on
this album.

Jash
November 21st 2012


4244 Comments


Read a review for this yesterday and it sounds great, on my list of things to check out before starting my year end list.

hankdee27
November 22nd 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh my, you will love this thing. This is best of 2012 material for sure.

Adash
January 2nd 2013


1356 Comments


Not expecting a review for this. Congratulations and thank you

Ubiquitous, intelligent music

Typhoner
May 1st 2013


852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's pretty good. I really like her advocacy for, and strong opinions on, electronic music in general.

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Typhoner
May 1st 2013


852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Cool Boiler Room set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp7l3PDws-M

lol @ all the surprised looking people - "wth? how can I dance on this stuff!?"



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