Born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin’s minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Holly Herndon’s second album Platform proposes new fantasies and rejuvenates old optimism. Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary music by experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting possibilities. A galvanising statement, Platform signals Herndon’s transformation as an electronic musician to a singular voice. With the progressive themes of Platform, Holly Herndon could be viewed as the 21st century’s answer to the protest singer were she not also a composer of such sublime music. Old categories don’t fit for Herndon, just as the lineage of protest-music fails to capture the scope of Platform’s appeal and its potential for mass disruption.