“What works reliably is to know the raw silk, hold the uncut wood. Need little. Want less. Forget the rules. Be untroubled.”
Laurel Halo presents six instrumental pieces that form a meditative, cinematic listening experience. Inspired by recent film score work for Metahaven and Ursula Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. Featuring cello work by Oliver Coates and percussion by Eli Keszler.
Working in abstraction leads to a deeper longing for touch and closeness. The tactile sensation of struck organ keys and bowed strings, wood and felt on drum heads. Smoke and dirt and stone. Febrile and tactile, hairy and hissy. Salty licorice, sour citrus. Optimistic skeptic. The slime of a frog left on the hands. Placid and ridden. A plurality of melancholy and happiness. The four leaf clover of highway on and off ramps, a continuous flow, like old leaves melting on their way down a stream at the back of a house. Constant contradiction, the truth’s always in the middle, nowhere.
Halo crafts an expansive environment that, at its most crucial moments, feels devoid of individual textures, as tones blend together until they envelop the listener, performing a meditative, cinematic experience.