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Album Review

Just as Holly Herndon's debut album Movement had abundant layers in its title alone, its follow-up Platform is just as nuanced in how it combines political, technological, and structural and ideological concepts into a single word. She explores all of these ideas in thought-provoking and unsettling ways that expand on Movement's fragmented, ethereal approach. On tracks such as "Chorus," which was made from samples of Herndon's Internet browsing; "Home," a breathy piece of pop inspired by NSA surveillance, and the eerily erotic sketch "Lonely at the Top," she blurs the line between intimacy and invasiveness, providing commentary on the way humanity and technology interact that elevates Platform into a true work of art.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

Crafting electronic music that bridges pop and academia while commenting on how technology affects humanity (and vice versa), composer Holly Herndon was raised in northeastern Tennessee. Growing up, she performed in secular and non-secular choirs and didn't explore the possibilities of computers until she was out of college. After high school, she moved to Berlin and immersed herself in the city's techno scene; she also performed with the band Electrocute and learned to play contrabass in a bid to...
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