NEW MUSIC: Holly Herndon - “Frontier”
02 May 2019
Holly Herndon shares a new song "Frontier" !
WHAT THEY SAY:
"PROTO is as avant-garde as we've come to expect from Herndon's wild and mighty brain, tempered by plenty of beauty and harmony." DJ Mag - Album of the Month
"The future of A.I." CNN
“Herndon’s machine-R&B masterpiece is a total sensory assault..” - The Guardian on ‘Eternal’
Holly Herndon brings the full force of her vocal ensemble to the fore with new single ‘Frontier’ and accompanying visuals by Darío Alva. An interpretation of Appalachian Sacred Harp music, the song considers a ‘Frontier’ of green or of dust – the consequences of the choices we make as a society. ‘Frontier’ follows the euphoric ‘Eternal’ and skittering beatbox of ‘Godmother’ [featuring Jlin and Spawn], all taken from her third album, PROTO, out on 10 May.
Talking about 'Frontier', Holly says, "I went to an international Sacred Harp Meetup in Berlin where I live, which was jointly led by Evelyn Saylor (an ensemble collaborator who helped to arrange ‘Frontier’ to more accurately reflect the tradition), and people gathered in a square to sing facing each other. When I stood in the middle the power of the voices brought me to tears. It was partly pure sonics and the beauty of the songs, but also the sight of witnessing people from all different backgrounds come together under such a simple and elegant premise. There were visitors from afar for whom the experience clearly had some deep religious significance. There were even more visitors clearly drawn to the event for other reasons, albeit the nature of the communion itself, or just to nerd out on the music. It felt like a rare union."