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Ryan met Rebecca in 1992 while running his father's notorious independent record store in Santa Cruz, CA. Three years later, the pair ventured north to San Francisco to pursue the sound that would eventually become Halou.

Their debut album, We Only Love You, was released in 1998 on a small independent label. Featuring Rebecca's powerfully honest vocals, the album meandered irreverently through abstract beats and sumptuously languid pop music. We Only Love You received over-
whelming praise, was spun by highly-influential indie radio stations and was reviewed by virtually every noteworthy electronic music magazine.

Halou continued to craft their unique sound on their second release, Wiser. Wiser further defined Halou's sound - both crushing and delicate, intense and soothing. While still embracing electronics, the addition of live cello, acoustic double bass and drums further pushed the band's effective blend of the electronic and organic.

Released on Nettwerk Records in 2001, Wiser was entirely self-produced by Ryan and new member and studio engineer, Count. Count has established himself as an integral member of the band not only as an engineer and mixer, but also as drummer. His production skills have been finely-tuned through his work with Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, the Velvet Underground's John Cale, Lyrics Born, New Order, No Doubt, and more.

Halou's newest recording, Wholeness & Separation, has fully realized the delicate balance of organic and electronic. Luxurious strings, atmospheric textures from an array of instruments, infectious beats, and heartfelt vocals stretch this sonic collage across the spectrum of human emotion.

The album will be released on Vertebrae Productions May 23 and will be distributed in the US by Bayside. Halou plans to tour the entire US around the release of this record. For current tour dates and other news, check
www.halou.com
www.myspace.com/halou



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