Last time we heard from Holly Herndon she had shared 'Godmother', a collaboration with Jlin and her Artificial Intelligence child Spawn. Now Herndon has revealed her new album, PROTO, which was made largely in collaboration with Spawn, which was developed in partnership with long time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace. The process and results of the forward-thinking work will be audible in PROTO. Speaking about the creation of the record, Herndon says:

“There’s a pervasive narrative of technology as dehumanizing... We stand in contrast to that. It’s not like we want to run away; we’re very much running towards it, but on our terms. Choosing to work with an ensemble of humans is part of our protocol. I don’t want to live in a world in which humans are automated off stage. I want an A.I. to be raised to appreciate and interact with that beauty.”

She has also shared new track 'Eternal', a song that enfolds musical, physical and philosophical ideas into its 5-minutes of glorious audio in ways that only Herndon can. Not so much picking up where Platform left off as leaping a few levels up in concept and execution, 'Eternal' pinwheels through myriad shapes and sounds, mixing choral arrangements with industrial beats in a way that is uplifting and soulful. 'Eternal' reinforces what we already knew: Herndon is one of the foremost thinkers and producers in modern music, and PROTO can't come soon enough.

Holly Herndon's PROTO is out May 10th on 4AD (pre-order).

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