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Alternative & Indie - Released September 25, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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After drawing on Greek tragedies and MGM musicals for her earlier albums, it would be hard for Julia Holter to find loftier sources of inspiration. On Have You in My Wilderness, she recasts her ambition to a more intimate scale: where her previous album Loud City Song had the heft of a novel, these songs play like a collection of short stories. Indeed, Holter remains as literary as ever; her influences include Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories -- with Holter taking a sultry, Sally Bowles-meets-Nico turn on the torchy "How Long" -- as well as the novella Chance Acquaintances by Colette, whose Gigi begat Loud City Song. Wilderness' bite-sized approach makes it easier to savor the breathtaking beauty of Holter's music, and fits her meditations on closeness and distance. The "you" and "me" implied in the album title are united, and separated, by unpredictable emotions ("Show me how you make your second face," she urges a lover on "Night Song"). While songs like the charming opener "Feel You," which offers a glimpse of a rainy day in Mexico City with a companion who might not even be real, aren't strictly autobiographical, they feel genuine. Loud City Song started this warming trend, most palpably on the gorgeous, slow-motion deconstruction of Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger." A similar tenderness graces Have You in My Wilderness' title track: even as Holter asks "Why do I feel you running away?" she sounds nearer than ever, thanks to producer Cole Marsden Greif-Neill's spotlight on her vocals. The clarity of her voice matches the immediacy of her writing, which manifests itself in remarkably catchy songs like "Everytime Boots"' country-pop, and in some of her most sensuous imagery. She notes how sweet a boxful of oranges smells, and how clear water looks; indeed, water is at the heart of Wilderness, from the flow of its songs to the way its characters are surrounded and isolated by it. "Lucette Stranded on the Island" sounds as beautiful, vast, and dangerous as the sea, with angelic strings, piano, and harmonies giving a deceptive sweetness to its tale of a woman robbed and left to die by her lover. "Sea Calls Me Home" dives into uneasy freedom as Holter cries "I can't swim!" while the harpsichords from the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" compel her deeper into the waves. As always, Holter's adventurous choices are much more than theoretical exercises. The escalating strings and prepared piano ratchet the tension of "Betsy on the Roof" to almost unbearable levels, while "Vasquez"'s spacy jazz fusion is fittingly mercurial as it ponders who the good and bad guys really are. While it's tempting to say Have You in My Wilderness is her most personal music yet, it might be more accurate to say that it's her most approachable: this time, her brilliance demands a lot from her listeners, but also meets them more than halfway. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 26, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Julia Holter's passion? Shocking herself and shocking us. Her first album, Tragedy, painted pictures of ethereal lands with infinite horizons. Ekstasis, with its superb opening number (Marienbad), was an attempt to restore some structural logic to a writing style that was moving more towards explorations of the unknown. She succeeded in re-finding this logic with 2013's Loud City Song which remains the shortest and most balanced of her albums. Five years later, Holter is done striving: she wants to have fun. Aviary, a very odd album, takes us on a breathless tour through all the important influences that have fed Julia Holter's creativity, from Renaissance polyphony and minimalism to modern and classical orchestration. These tracks seem to change like the wind in terms of structure, like clouds filled with crazy and beautiful contrasts which she’d never thought of before. Chaitius starts off like an Elizabethan In Nomine with various modern reorchestrations suddenly superimposed upon it. Is this pop music? Really? Suddenly, with a whisper, Julia Holter's voice whisks us off to a kind of cabaret: more urbane, but still pretty crazy – instruments on fire, keyboards gone wrong, and all the while with rampant, obsessive polyphony! Just where are we exactly? The next number won't help you at all in figuring it out, because all of a sudden we're in a Habanera dream with Voce Simul. Hispanic sounds, diffused light and instrumentation, and a voice covered in sensuality (even when a toybox, presumably the same as we hear in Marienbad, threatens to derail the vibe). The following track, Everyday Is an Emergency, starts with a mess of screeching whistles and horns before our artist steps forward to play the role of liberator, bringing a shining message of peace and love. It's breathtaking! And this is only the stat of the journey... And how could we not mention the revisited Sprechgesang which is Colligere? Strange, flighty, generous: perhaps Julia Holter has finally found her true calling, she certainly still has a keen mind. This is a must listen. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released March 31, 2017 | Domino Documents

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In the wake of 2015's acclaimed Have You in My Wilderness, Julia Holter embarked on smaller projects, including the Bleed for This score and this collection of performances recorded over the course of two days at London's RAK Studios. In the Same Room inaugurates a series from Domino Records that captures reworked versions of their artists' definitive songs, and Holter's volume combines the spontaneity of her band's live shows with the meticulous craft of her studio albums. The setting gives her poppier songs more immediacy, with the bassline of Loud City Song's "In the Green Wild" taking on a dancerly sway that, coupled with Holter's sing-song delivery, gives the song a whole new mischief. Meanwhile, her dreamier songs have an added presence, whether it's the crisp edge the band brings to Tragedy's "So Lilies," the lushness of Loud City Song's "Horns Surrounding Me," or the transporting drones of Have You in My Wilderness' "Vasquez." It's not surprising that the majority of In the Same Room's songs come from that album, since these sessions were recorded while Holter was touring in support of it. Even so, these versions of Wilderness' songs emphasize the humanity of its dreamy Laurel Canyon pop to different ends; "Feel You" and "Silhouette" are all the more tender, while the mix of beauty and peril on "Lucette Stranded on the Island," "Betsy on the Roof," and "Sea Calls Me Home" is even more precarious. Each of Holter's studio albums showcases her skill at transporting listeners into the worlds she creates; on In the Same Room, she brings all of these worlds together in performances that are equally intimate and spectacular. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 17, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 18, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 26, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 1, 2017 | Domino Documents

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 7, 2017 | Domino Documents

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 16, 2016 | Domino Documents

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 17, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 9, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 3, 2012 | RVNG Intl.

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 11, 2012 | RVNG Intl.

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