Passive/Aggressive

Laurel Halo – Et forførende vanvid

Kritik August 21 2017 laurel halo

Af Alexander Julin – foto: Ériver Hijano

Indtil det nyligt udgivne album, “Dust”, havde jeg ikke hørt en Laurel Halo-udgivelse siden “Quarantine” fra 2012. “Quarantine” var – med alle sine værdier: den stilistiske sikkerhed, idérigdommen og ikke mindst det umiskendeligt personlige udtryk – en plade, jeg inden for relativt kort tid både nåede at nyde utrolig meget og vokse fra og glemme. Derfor hørte jeg hverken “Chance of Rain” eller “In Situ”, før Halos nye plade, “Dust”, gjorde det klart, at hun på ingen måde har siddet fast i den samme rille trods den anerkendelse, som “Quarantine” førte med sig. Den musikalske udvikling virker til at have været konstant, men mest radikal lyder den på “Dust”, der trods det stilsikre udtryk mest af alt udmærker sig ved sin legesyge og letsindighed. Læs resten

By The Lake Festival – An oasis of music of all ethnicities (live report)

Feature In English August 19 2017 image2

Reportage from By the Lake Festival, Berlin, August 13 2017 – Photo and text by Javier Orozco

For the third summer in a row the swimming lake known as Weißensee, located just at the outskirts of the Prenzlauer Berg district, shapeshifted into an international one-day festival curated by Efterklang and the Danish radio station The Lake. Sunday appeared a notch shy, as it denied a full display of its summer potential and rather clothed itself with a patchy blue sky. The weather factor is a volatile entity during the festival season, most would choose sunny over rainy, and an arrangement as By The Lake almost pleas for a sunny day. The festival’s name is self-explanatory, it takes place at a bathing facility by a lake. The ambience was propped to deliver a beach-like sensation: sand, lounge chairs, cold drinks, and a refreshing lake to take a dip between concerts. Læs resten