Halou, pronounced huh-loo, was a band from San Francisco, California. Their music could be described as dream pop with female vocals; they are sometimes labeled trip hop, but the band rejects that label.
Ryan and Rebecca met in 1992, in Ryan's father's independent music store in Santa Cruz. Three years later, they moved to San Francisco. There they became Halou, releasing their debut album, We Only Love You in 1998, on a small independent label called Bedazzled. We Only Love You was followed by a compilation of non-album tracks: Sans Soucie in 1999. Their second album, Wiser, was released by Nettwerk in 2001, and their more recent, Wholeness & Separation and Halou, were both released by Vertebrae in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
Halou's first album was broadcast on influential independent radio stations in Seattle and Los Angeles. In recent years, the band has received coverage from notable news sources, and they have been recognized for their production talents:
Count has produced or remixed the likes of John Cale and No Doubt. Halou's remix of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" hit number one on the Billboard club chart, and they have been solicited for soundtrack work, already appearing on two feature films.
In 2008, Halou announced that they would no longer be making music under the moniker, and the three part collaboration was over. Rebecca and Ryan Coseboom continue to perform together under the name Stripmall Architecture. Count continues to be involved in music as a producer and engineer.