Holly Herndon operates at the nexus of technological evolution and musical euphoria.
Today, the acclaimed performer and composer reveals new single “Eternal”, a ghostly transmission inspired by ideas of eternal love through mind uploading; a modern-day vampire story. Punctuated by grandiose orchestration and the voices of her Berlin-based vocal ensemble, the accompanying video was constructed from footage processed from the perspective of an intelligent machine, analysing and searching for a face, yearning for a connection.
Watch the video for “Eternal” below
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“Eternal” follows the 2018 release of Holly and Jlin’s collaborative song “Godmother (feat. Spawn)”. The skittering track, which was created by Spawn reimagining the artworks of her ‘godmother’ Jlin in a trained model of her mother’s voice with no editing or sample trickery, was praised everywhere from NPR to The Guardian to New York Times, and elsewhere.
You can hear traces of Spawn throughout the album, developed in partnership with long time collaborator MathewDryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace, and even eavesdrop on the live training ceremonies conducted in Berlin, in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach Spawn how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions; a contemporary update on the religious gathering Holly was raised amongst in her upbringing in East Tennessee.
holly herndon shares a run of tour dates following last month’s new album announcement. including headline shows in New York and London in June, as well as festival appearances across Europe and the US, these shows lead up to and follow the release of Platform on May 18th / 19th. Tickets for all shows are now on sale.
May 1 – Den Haag, NL – Rewire
May 2 – Krems, Austria – Donau Festival
May 23 – Arcosanti, AZ – FORM Festival
June 1 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
June 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
June 3 – Washington, DC – DC9
June 4 – Brooklyn, NY – The Wick
June 10 – London, UK – XOYO
June 11 – Berlin, DE – Berghain – w/ AGF, Amnesia Scanner, Claire Tolan
June 13 – Birmingham, UK – Supersonic
June 20 – Barcelona, ES – Sonar
June 26 – Milan, IT – S/V/N @ Fabbrica del Vapore
June 27 – Paris, FR – Badaboum
June 28 – Toulouse, FR – Les Siestes Electronique
July 3 – Fribourg, CH – Bellouard Festival
July 4 – Foligno, IT – Dancity Festival
July 11 – Viseu, PT – Jardins Efemeros
August 14 – Oslo, NO – Øya Festival
August 20 – Hamburg, DE – International Summer Fest @ Kampnagel
Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst collaborate on Recruit, a new piece commissioned by Cottweiler for the London-based clothing brand’s presentation of their Autumn / Winter 2015 line at the Alison Jacques Gallery.
“Recruit is a transition between environments. We answer a call, and travel to a dusty landscape where alarms, cicadas and voices swarm ominously in the wind. Improvised machinery recoils and reassembles. Wires emerge from the earth. What intelligence brought us here? What did we sign up for?”
Dryhurst’s words offer a glimpse into the duo’s inspiration behind Recruit beyond the context of Cottweiler’s seasonal installation, while intimating the connection between this, 2014’s “Chorus” and “Home” and what is set to arrive imminently.