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Holly Herndon - 'PROTO' Is Out Now
Holly Herndon : 'PROTO' Is Out Now
10th May 2019

“Brilliant” – NPR  
“Synth-orchestra blasts beam in from Y2K pop radio.” Pitchfork – Best New Track on ‘Eternal’
“Multilayered, glitchy beatboxing, human input dispensed with inhuman timing.” NY Times on ‘Godmother’
““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
“Remarkable, futuristic and otherworldly, but brimming with character, the most striking feature about this notionally digital album is how soulful it sounds.” - The Times (4/5, Album of the Week)
The Guardian ****

Available to buy on black vinyl, CD and stream here +

Holly Herndon’s third full-length album PROTO is out today.  Previously released tracks include the vocal tour de force of 'Frontier,' the skittering beatbox of 'Godmother' [featuring Jlin and Spawn], and the euphoric ghostly transmission of 'Eternal,' which earned Best New Track from Pitchfork.

PROTO isn’t about A.I., but much of it was created in collaboration with her own A.I. ‘baby’, Spawn.  In addition to Spawn, Holly assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers, and guest contributors (Jenna Sutela, Jlin, Lily Anna Haynes, Martine Syms) to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, and places an emphasis on alien song craft and new forms of communion.

PROTO makes reference to what Holly refers to as the protocol era, where rapidly surfacing ideological battles over the future of A.I. protocols, centralised and decentralised internet protocols, and personal and political protocols compel us to ask ourselves who are we,what are we, what do we stand for, and what are we heading towards? 

Since her arrival in 2012, Holly has successfully mined the edges of electronic and Avant Garde pop and emerged with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own, all while studying for her newly completed PhD at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music.  Her LP Platform closed out 2015 by gracing year-end lists from Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, and The Wire.  In the aftermath, Radiohead hand-picked her to open up their European tour. 

A hybrid of studio project and touring band, Herndon’s live show will incorporate an expanded vocal ensemble and a newly developed A/V experience. 

16th - Red Bull Music Festival, New York, NY [TICKETS]
18th - Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA, US [TICKETS]
20th - August Hall, San Francisco CA, US [TICKETS]
22nd  - Thalia Hall, Chicago IL, US [TICKETS]

12th - Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany
14th - Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany

19th - Sonar By Day - SonarHall, Barcelona, Spain [TICKETS]
20th - Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK [TICKETS]

16th - The Barbican, London, UK [TICKETS]