To say that Lauren Halo's peculiar brand of organic-electronic fusion is "acclaimed" would be an understatement. Her 2012 debut LP, Quarantine, was named as The Wire's album of the year. Here, the Ann Arbor raised producer continues to dazzle with another off-kilter selection of curious compositions. Veering from tipsy, near ambient soundscapes (see the unruly "Serendip" and psychedelic "Melt") to clattering percussion jams ("Oneiroi"), via deep techno ("Chance of Rain") and blissful musical simplicity (the piano lament of "Out" and beatless tropical jazz of "Dr Echt"), Chance of Rain is every bit as enthralling, unusual and inspiring as its predecessor. That's high praise indeed.
Love Triangle (Electrical Storms version) - (3:33) 69 BPM
Ahead of an eagerly awaited album next year, HTRK present this single to tide us over. Taking precedence is a fine remix from Mika Vainio, with the Finn electing to rework "Poison," the crepuscular classic from HTRK's excellent 2011 LP Work (Work, Work), with the resultant effort sounding as industrial as you'd imagine, demonstrating that HTRK are eminently remixable in the right hands. Elsewhere, the "electrical storms version" of "Love Triangle" offers something a little more hazy but no less brooding, with Jonnine Standish's vocals cutting through its eerie synth soundscape. Highly recommended to fans and newcomers alike...