SF beat fiends Halou is coming out with with their new Sawtooth EP, and you can only get it on iTunes. Want an actual copy? Too bad, it's a digital only release like their last Albatross EP that Web Editor David Downs griped about last year. The new EP features a guest appearance from Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie and Zoe Keating of Imogen Heap/Rasputina fame. Naturally, you can preorder it now. Click "More" and crazy stuff happens. -- ASD Staff Report
Halou sets aside the electronics and cranks the amps in their most compelling work to date, the Sawtooth EP. A prelude to their much-anticipated forthcoming full-lengh album (Summer 2008), the EP represents a radical stylistic departure for the San Francisco trio. Layer upon layer of filthy, crunchy guitars intermingle with velveteen cello and enormous drums to re-interpret Halou's signature songwriting style. In additon to the band's work on their own material, the past few years have been spent helping to sculpt the sound of such artists as DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Frank Sinatra, Galactic, Blackalicious, John Cale, Low, No Doubt and even a Rod Stewart remix which hit #1 on Billboard. In addition, Halou has scored 2 successful award winning films, "This Girl's Life" starring James Woods, and "Quality of Life." Their music was also recently featured on CSI in the show’s climax montage. Throughout all of this, the band has still found the time to create their finest album and perform select live shows such as Seattle's Bumbershoot festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, and the SF Museum of Modern Art. A full national tour is in the works for 2008.