Holly Herndon - Platform
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #117 / 770
Year End Rank: #19
User Score
Based on 188 ratings
2015 Ratings: #143
May 19, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
RVNG Intl., 4AD / Label
Art Pop, Electronic / Genres
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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.


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”.

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.

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.


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.

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.
‘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.
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.
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.

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

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

Consequence of Sound

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

Tiny Mix Tapes
Holly Herndon’s latest collection of avant-garde electronic music is smart, innovative, politically urgent, and very, very sensual.
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.
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.
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.

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.


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.

this gives me the biggest chill this year
Una mezcla de layers complejos que están increíblemente renderizados. Una pieza única de música electrónica que muestra una evolución experimental que logra tener armonía en sus texturas sonoras.

Un referente elemental del Art-Pop de ésta década.
An album with interesting production that shifts from art pop pieces to electronic experiments. Its themes regarding the digital world often work well in detailed 5-and-6-minute tracks, although sometimes they suffer from some lack of identity and repetitiveness.

Favorites: Morning Sun, Home

Least Favorites: DAO
Holly Herndon, a child of the internet age, returns with her sophomore record after releasing her breakthrough album Movement. Once again, her music flows, swizzles and pulsates through cold and blank landscapes, as if it travelled through time and space, not only circuits and information data. What the enigmatic producer crafts on Platform transcends her previous work completely, by minimizing her restraints, and maximizing the immersive approach to experimentalism and post-modernism in ... read more
Holly Herndon's biggest strength is composure. Even at its most congested moments, "Platform" never seems unorganized. This album was peiced together meticulously and with total control. An electronic triumph.
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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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Added on: March 10, 2015