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Experimental legends LOOP return with “Halo” and announce first album in over 30 years

South London legends LOOP have returned. The band made a sudden re-appearance today with a song called “Halo” and news that they’ll release a new album called Sonancy (Latin for “to create noise”) on March 11 – their first since 1989. The band has been known to perform live in recent decades, but this is the first new material from the band since then.

Speaking on the process and sound, Robert Hampson says: “Style wise, it’s incredibly different, going back to thinking about guitars and guitar sounds. Obviously you have to take into consideration things like percussive elements such as drums, which I haven’t been using in my other projects; but this is the mindset that makes up LOOP.”

You can get the first dose of that in “Halo”, which simultaneously feels like taking a step back into the proto-shoegaze era of the late 80s and entirely appropriate for our modern malaise.

The video for “Halo” is below, or you can hear it on streaming platforms.

LOOP’s new album Sonancy is out on March 11 through Cooking Vinyl (pre-order/save).