A deep and highly textured mini-album from a gifted experimentalist.
Working with collaborators Eli Keszler and Oliver Coates, Halo crafts an expansive environment that, at its most crucial moments, feels devoid of individual textures, as tones blend together until they envelop the listener. The title track unfolds over ten minutes, a concentrated wash of synths and spaced-out organs that, paired with Coates's evocative cello, builds to a weighty head. "Quietude" and "The Sick Mind" are more stripped-back yet grow increasingly hectic, as anxious keyboard lines skitter.
"What works reliably is to know the raw silk, hold the uncut wood," says Ursula Le Guin in her translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Inspired by this sentiment, as well as Halo's time scoring a film for the Dutch art collective Metahaven, the more abstract aspects of Raw Silk Uncut Wood allow her to establish moods that are at once non-prescriptive and immediately visceral.