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BRUTALISM FOR LOVERS is HALOU’s first album in over 10 years and the fifth full-length release in the band’s 22 year existence. Showcasing a total evolution of their sound, the new album again features Rebecca’s achingly confrontational vocals, now delivered with an impassioned urgency that will break the hearts of listeners.
HALOU was created as the DIY project of husband/wife duo Rebecca and Ryan Coseboom, who began releasing tracks from their bedroom in the suburbs of San Francisco in 1997. Halou quickly gained attention from labels and radio and released their first album, WE ONLY LOVE YOU, in 1998.
Drummer/co-producer Count joined shortly after and the new three-piece Halou signed to “major indie,” Nettwerk, for their second album, WISER. The album gained the band a cult following and influential outlets like KEXP and KCRW helped spread the word, helping the band secure slots at major festivals, receive considerable acclaim from influential press outlets, and build a devoted fanbase.
As Halou worked on their third album, WHOLENESS AND SEPARATION, Ryan and Count began a successful run remixing artists like Frank Sinatra, Depeche Mode, Lyrics Born and Rod Stewart (Halou’s remix reached #1 on Billboard’s dance charts) and the band appeared as guests on records by DJ Shadow, UNKLE, and Velvet Underground legend John Cale.
Their fourth album, simply titled HALOU, and featuring Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie, was previewed during a US tour with indie icon, Bob Mould, and showcased a more guitar-oriented sound than their previous releases.