Laurel Halo – MK Ultra (2012)

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‘MK Ultra’s is as catchy a chorus as you’re likely to encounter. But they’re no easy listen. Halo has spoken in interviews of intentionally avoiding the use of pitch correction or digital voice enhancement, precisely so that all the textural qualities and slight imperfections of the human voice are laid bare for all to hear. She’s frequently buffeted by the whirl of her surroundings, and misses a note or catches a breath, subverting the accepted pop wisdom of perfect pitch/perfect timing. These songs are uneasy with the digital setting they find themselves within, uneasy in their own skin, even uneasy in their relationships with others: though musically it’s thematically dense, Halo’s lyrical themes here are classic and straightforward enough – loss, isolation and heartbreak. [Source]


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