Monday, March 12, 2012
My first ever visit to LA, I saw Julia Holter play in a tiny room at 1830, a studio/art house off sunset, with maybe a dozen people in attendance (apparently the roof was the place to be even though her set rivaled Ariel and Gary Wilson's). It was hot and cramped and there was mood lighting and I swooned and fell in love.
Ekstasis, which is quite different from Ms. Holter's previous and more experimental, less-synthetic release, Tragedy, (which, in my book, solidified her as a 'real' artist and not just a typical lo-fi band-waggoner like some of her associates) is like Joanna Newsom's elegance meets Kate Bush's exotica meets The Space Lady's stylings. "In The Same Room" sounds a lot like it was made using John Maus' synths and keyboards. "Boy in the Moon" is an ambient trip you will want to take over and over. "Goddess Eyes II," technically a remix, is the heavenly pop hit here, an epic, soaring piece that resides in the ethersphere and is appropiately followed by the slow, sweet, & sentimental "Moni Mon Ami" which is oh so dreamy. The whole album is dreamy, but that song particular - lovely. My writing is getting sloppy and uncreative. I should go back to bed. This is a good album for kissing. Good for many things. Yes. Get.
Posted by Matt at 10:23 AM