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Wholeness & Separation

HalouAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vertebrae
  • ASIN: B000EGEKRY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Propulsive and funky drums percolate in the distance, while atmospheric pianos and other acoustic instruments hang in the air. Amidst sweetly and intentionally smeared electronics, breathy and reverb-laden vocals make you want to both have sex and fall asleep at the same time. The warm and inviting vocals of Rebecca Coseboom will please more than just those folks who can't get enough of early Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, or latter day His Name is Alive. Too bad the Matrix film franchise ran itself aground so quickly: these delightful and atmospheric industrial pop songs seem tailor made for their sheen of vaguely intellectual, futuristic soul-seeking. Some tunes on Halou's fourth album do seem like they could make their way to the radio, but most are far too weird, evocative, and ambient (that soundtrack analogy wasn't used just to get sci-fi geeks interested). There's a lot going on within these delightfully goth nursery rhymes. --Mike McGonigal

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is [way beyond] OK. June 29, 2006
By CoryRay
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Simple words cannot express how in love I am with this album right now. Halou makes some of the most beautiful music known to man. Just when you think an entire genre is on the verge of death, Halou comes along and not only revives it, but redefines it. It's still trip-hop, but a more organic brand of trip-hop. Guitars, live drums, and orchestration now mingle with Rebecca's heavenly vocals, synth sounds, and electronic beats. A couple songs border on industrial rock, while a couple toward the end almost seem to have been influenced by Sigur Ros. There is a nice variety here, yet it's all very cohesive and maintains a particular atmosphere.

I must admit that none of the tracks quite touch me the way that "Political," "I'll Carry You," and "Oceanwide" from the previous album did, but overall I think I enjoy this album even more. It's still absolutely beautiful...with a tinge of darkness. And I give it extra credit for tossing aside even more musical boundaries than the first. Highlights for me are "Tubefed," "Honeythief," "Everything Is OK," "Morsecode," "Stonefruit," and "The Ratio Of Freckles To Stars." There are also a couple brief instrumentals that add to the mood and help complete the greater picture. I especially love "Alaska," which is reminiscent of an icier Boards Of Canada.

There are certainly elements of Massive Attack, Portishead, Goldfrapp, The Cranes, and Bowery Electric, but on this one there are also similarities to Curve, Garbage, and Khoiba. Some of the dreamy, icy, electronic textures even remind me a bit of Enigma. So basically...it's a combination of my favorite kinds of music, all wrapped up in one beautiful package!

"Wholeness & Separation" has solidified Halou as one of my absolute favorite bands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am in awe . . . October 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If "So Tonight That I May See" by Mazzy Star is the best album ever made, "Wholeness & Separation" by Halou may well be a close second.

This album is brilliant: soothing, calming, ambient mellowness that you can listen to over and over again. Every single track on the album is good.

This is a multi-purpose CD which can be used for settling your mind in rush hour traffic, for focusing your intent during Tantric sex magick, or simply for providing a suitable atmosphere for the ritualistic partaking of top quality sinsemillia.

This CD is about as close to perfection as an artist can get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good September 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a band from San Francisco. They have been around for a while. They are more like some electronic bands of the late 1990s like Venus Hum and Hooverphonic. It's no wonder that they have been championed by radio station such as KEXP and KCRW. They have a cool electronic sound. It's a mix between some folk and hiphop music. Count has remixed some stuff by Radiohead and New Order. "Stonefruit" is a little bit like Garbage. This is a quality band and all should check them out. They are touring with Annie Stela. That should be a good lineup.
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