Dance In Your Sleep With Halou
Since their meeting in 1992, spouses Rebecca and Ryan Coseboom have experimented with creating a sound that is both highly musical and electronic. With their third album Wholeness and Separation, Halou finds the perfect balance they worked towards in their first two records.The albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s title is the ideal explanation of what Halou succeeds in doing. Halou merges song and machine sounds seamlessly together while filtering the impact it has on each song. In â€šÃ„ÃºTubefedâ€šÃ„Ã¹ the band knows when to let Rebeccaâ€šÃ„Ã´s silky vocals and instrumental sound take the lead and when to enhance the machine sound, like in â€šÃ„ÃºStone Fruit,â€šÃ„Ã¹ to give a mix of Enya-like etherealness and Radioheadâ€šÃ„Ã´s Kid A mechanical sound. The third band member, Count, whose engineering abilities aided many other famous bands such as No Doubt, creates much of this. He takes time to incorporate live instruments from drums to cello to give an authentic base overlade in spacey rhythms. Rebeccaâ€šÃ„Ã´s smartly sung lyrics, whether ironic, wise, or heartfelt, become reflected by the parallel aching twangs of the guitars or the taunting cry of the electric keyboard. You donâ€šÃ„Ã´t have to catch every note she sings to understand the emotion sheâ€šÃ„Ã´s trying to exude.
The album flows from fast paced dance tunes, with â€šÃ„ÃºEverything is OK,â€šÃ„Ã¹ to slow sensual house music, like with â€šÃ„ÃºRatio of Freckles to Stars.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The last half of the album reintroduces much of the earlier rhythms without the feel of a techno nightclub. Once â€šÃ„ÃºThings Stay the Sameâ€šÃ„Ã¹ finally fades out, it might seem you just woke up from a mystical but restful sleep. Luckily with Wholeness and Separation, Halou will provide many more sweet dreams.