A leader in contemporary alternative and electronic music, Holly Herndon has is well known for fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures.
Her latest offering, Platform, cements Herndon’s reputation as a unique musician with a singular voice.
Tennessee born Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin’s minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
To create Platform, Herndon has opened up her process to vital artists and thinkers from her creative circle, including radical Dutch design studio Metahaven and digital DIY artist Mat Dryhurst, leading by example to tackle a host of topics ranging from systemic inequality, surveillance states, and neo-feudalism. Platform underscores the need for new fantasies and strategic collective action.
Subsequent singles ‘Chorus’and ‘Home’, rolled out in advance of Platform, humanised the laptop by celebrating its capacity for memory-storage and lamenting its vulnerability in light of revelations of mass surveillance.
Offering what Herndon describes as “a rupture, a paradisic gesture”, Platform is an optimistic breakthrough for Herndon, an appeal for progress, and a step toward new ways to love.
Information provided by Lorrae McKenna – This press release was written too beautifully to alter much of it. Credit goes to Ms McKenna.