Holly Herndon - Platform
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #119 / 772
Year End Rank: #19
User Score
Based on 233 ratings
2015 Ratings: #163
May 19, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
RVNG Intl., 4AD / Label
Art Pop, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The gut-wrenching dynamics and pinpoint accuracy of her music stand out immediately, but where previously she has used these tools with deft restraint, Platform finds her letting it flow unabated.

90
musicOMH

With Platform, her strongest and most reputation enhancing statement to date ... she stands together with Matthew Herbert as a radical, intelligent artist exploring how, as Daniel Barenboim put it, “everything is connected”.

90
Uncut
Mixing the hard-cut collage methods of musique concrete with sound-warping software and customised digital instruments, Herndon’s second album is not ashamed to embrace blissful melody and trance-like euphoria, yet remains constantly alive to the liberating power of dissonance and disruption.
87
Pitchfork

Despite the wide scope of her project, Herndon’s ambitious efforts are appealingly multifaceted and personal, and Platform may turn out to be the most thought-provoking experimental electronic music release of the year.

86
Paste

Platform is still avant-garde enough to only be appreciated by some, but those who break through the surface, will understand this album for being the important, temporal work that it is.

85
The Line of Best Fit
While still creating boundless, exceptional fringe-pop, on Platform Herndon is finding countless new ways to hold our attention: deploying a greater sense of narrative, an emboldened melodic arsenal and enough enthusiasm to remind us why she remains a vital voice in peripheral pop.
80
NME
‘Platform’, Herndon’s third album and her first for 4AD, unveils sparkling, electronic pop that twitches like a corrupt video file, her voice fractured into glinting melodies.
80
Drowned in Sound
At once Herndon’s most accessible and most adventurous record, this is digital age avant-garde sound art put through a pop prism, and it’s all the more exciting as a result.
80
The Skinny

The jarring, avant-garde compositions of Platform take time and effort to parse, their sheer abundance of stimulation speaking to the often discombobulating experience of life in the digital age.

80
AllMusic
She explores all of these ideas in thought-provoking and unsettling ways that expand on Movement's fragmented, ethereal approach.
80
Resident Advisor

Platform is full of beautifully corrupted, synthesised signals. The hard-hitting bass and broken-beat percussion of the club meets the graceful choral arrangements of American gospel.

80
The Guardian
Banger-free, perhaps, but gloriously avant garde and fiercely inventive.
75
The 405

Platform is a record that reveals itself slowly. An intelligent, intoxicating electronica record that draws the listener in and revealing new truths as it goes.

75
Consequence of Sound

Platform is continuously emotive, although it never quite tops the peak of “Chorus”.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes
Holly Herndon’s latest collection of avant-garde electronic music is smart, innovative, politically urgent, and very, very sensual.
70
Spin
Somber and hopeful, bleak and bountiful, it’s an appropriately uneasy document of all the terrible and breathtaking possibilities of a not-so-distant techno-future.
70
Loud and Quiet
‘Platform’ feels simultaneously fresh and yet part of a classic electronic lineage that also includes, amongst others, μ-Ziq, múm, Björk and, more recently, Balam Acab and The Knife.
70
No Ripcord

Although more stylistically cohesive than her 2012 debut Movement (which felt more like a calling card for her diverse talents than an album proper), Platform suffers from the breadth of its ambition.

70
Rolling Stone

Herndon's music is body-moving and confusing, with cybernetic vocal shards crisscrossing above tracks that can recall Aphex Twin's techno contortions.

60
PopMatters

In its least engaging moments, Platform feels more like a homework assignment geared to some equivocal set than an album. In its better moments, it’s electronic music for the fourth-dimension.

bitterblossom12
85
Yeah Holly Herndon is good at making music.
musicmagpie55
90
I fuck with this album a whole lot. I think Holly is doing some vital work, and it all sounds so good. It plays with the organization of total chaos in a way I could not even conceive. The songs at first feel quite alien until you realize that underneath the heavy electronic wrapper is a soft and nougaty emotional core.

While some songs are more accessible regarding a discernable verse/chorus structure, many completely throw narrative conventions for stranger and more exciting song structures. ... read more
heloryh
100
this gives me the biggest chill this year
holsgr
71
( ☆☆☆ ) good/average work
amygoodall
63
good
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Decade Lists

#81/Noisey (2010s)

Track List

  1. Interference
  2. Chorus
  3. Unequal
  4. Morning Sun
  5. Locker Leak
  6. An Exit
  7. Lonely At The Top
  8. DAO
  9. Home
  10. New Ways To Love
 
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