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Holly Herndon on an exploratory 'Platform'; Shamir ratchets up the beat
Holly Herndon on an exploratory 'Platform'; Shamir ratchets up the beat

Holly Herndon, "Platform" (4AD Records). The San Francisco-based Herndon is a singular artist whose productions blend layers of electronically manipulated voice with beats, noise, sibilant textures and filtered sound to create eardrum-tickling joy. On her second album she manages to sound both futuristic and steeped in history. In her work on "Platform" are echoes of voice-and-sample experimenters from decades past, including Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Nobukazu Takemura and Bjork. But Herndon explores elsewhere. "Morning Sun" delivers frenetic patterns of vocal samples that jump across the frequency range, offering both bass tones, mid-range melodies...

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