By the time this article is published, Laurel Halo’s post-Quarantine (TMT Review) EP Behind The Green Door will be released to the public, disappointing those who lazily expected an auditory rendition of the, apparently, classic 1970s porn film, and enamoring those who were (in my view, mistakenly) turned off by the seemingly incongruous vocals of the LP. See, like her work under the King Felix moniker, and interspersed among the pre-contagion releases under her own name, this new four-track EP readily embraces danceability. Well, only two tracks have been officially released at the time of writing, but the newest of those, “Sex Mission,” isn’t a far cry from Ostgut Ton territory. Kudos to NPR, who premiered the track, for offering a rarity: the appropriate use of the word “techno” by a general news outlet.
You’re probably noticing a coital theme here, but rest assured, the inspiration behind “Sex Mission” has nothing to do with some Britney Spears-esque notion of being rhythmically compelled to ball-gag yourself. While the song itself veers towards being accessible, Halo relapses into mild obscurity with her description: “The track is about driving energy and elevation via dynamic topographies. Movement and introspection are paramount.”
Dynamic topographies do make for the best songs, I find. Go here to listen to “Sex Mission.” The earlier-released track, “Throw,” is below.