Laurel Halo: Sunlight on the Faded – EP review

Laurel Halo – Sunlight on the Faded (Hyperdub)
Released 10 December 2012

Following on from an acclaimed debut we take a listen to the latest EP about to drop from Laurel Halo.

When her album, Quarantine, was released earlier this year, it was well received and highly acclaimed.  On the strength of Sunlight On The Faded it’s easy to see why.

Its high paced, techno, dubstep rhythm is energetic and memorable after a few listens.  The backing is involved with samples and effects disappearing as quickly as they appeared.

Laurel’s vocals are good too, nicely fitting in and easy on the ear.  There’s a peculiar moment two and a half minutes in when the music totally drops out and a single beat takes place before the track comes back to life.

The b-side is allegedly a ‘dub’ version, and, whilst I can’t find anything remotely similar to dub, it’s again good listening.  In short, it’s an enhanced instrumental of the lead track.  It may have been better to have this version with Laurel’s vocals rather then nothing at all, as it would make a pretty good alternative version.  Its low tempo ending is refreshing and ends the track with calm.

A few listens were required to make this track ‘click’ with me, but, as far as it goes, it’s appealing and worthy.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates. You can read more from Paul on LTW here.


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Born and bred in Lancashire, currently residing in the Rossendale Valley. Everything deserves one listen, but, not necessarily a second. Only (ex-Community) DJ to ever play Nat ‘King’Cole followed by Nine Inch Nails, and, eat Fish and Chips live on air.


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