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Holly Herndon unveils striking new single "Frontier"

02 May 2019, 12:22 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Holly Herndon has shared another cut from her highly-anticipated PROTO record, the striking "Frontier".

"Frontier" arrives after earlier singles "Eternal" and "Godmother".

Expanding on the new single, Herndon says, "I went to an international Sacred Harp Meetup in Berlin where I live, which was jointly led by Evelyn Saylor (an ensemble collaborator who helped to arrange "Frontier" to more accurately reflect the tradition), and people gathered in a square to sing facing each other. When I stood in the middle the power of the voices brought me to tears. It was partly pure sonics and the beauty of the songs, but also the sight of witnessing people from all different backgrounds come together under such a simple and elegant premise. There were visitors from afar for whom the experience clearly had some deep religious significance. There were even more visitors clearly drawn to the event for other reasons, albeit the nature of the communion itself, or just to nerd out on the music. It felt like a rare union."

Herndon's upcoming PROTO record was largely created in collaboration with her AI, Spawn, and is her first record since 2015's Platform.

"Frontier" is out now. PROTO drops 10 May via 4AD. Holly Herndon will play London's Barbican Centre on 16 October. Find out more.
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