ALBUM REVIEW: Holly Herndon – Proto | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 10.05.19






Where her previous album Platform explored the overlap and juxtapositions of human intimacy with our online lives, Proto finds Holly Herndon embarking on the even more audacious task of exploring the possibilities of the new forms of life that could emerge from the intersection of man and technology.

With a custom generated ‘A.I. baby’ Spawn joining a list of collaborators including Jlin and Matthew Dryhurst, Proto presents the extremes of Herndon’s work, as audacious art pop gambits like Eternity and the modernist Appalachian folk of Frontier sit alongside far more oblique fare like Godmother. While perhaps a less coherent statement than Platform, Proto asks some serious questions about how our fate might be entwined with that of our machines – and suggests there may be ground for optimism for our joint future.


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