Wholeness and Separation (Vertebrae)

Produced by: Halou, Mixed by: Count

Halou (pronounced “huh-loo”) have, on their third offering, managed to turn out one of the most luxurious sounding albums I’ve heard in a good long while. At times eerie, at others soaring, and always sexy; Wholeness and Separation meshes the organic and the electronic with ease — sporting a production that’s beyond suitable and encroaching on perfection. Smooth, lush, and wide — Halou’s sound is what so many bands of this ilk strive for but fall short of. Fans of Portishead, Sigur Rós, and the like, take note: This is the stuff.