The pick of Ju­lia: from harp­si­chord-driven melodic pop to dreamy, avant-garde love songs…

Q (UK) - - Maverick | Julia Holter -

1 TRY TO MAKE YOUR­SELF A WORK OF ART Tragedy (2011) This dreamy, twitchy space-gem from Holter’s de­but places her be­tween Lau­rie An­der­son and the early-’ 80s 4AD ros­ter.

2 IN THE SAME ROOM Ek­sta­sis (2012) A cho­ral pop shim­mer with an Ori­en­tal twist, drum-ma­chine hand­clap­ping, and a slow, speck­ling fade-out. Gor­geous.

3 MONI MON AMIE Ek­sta­sis (2012) Boasts a line filched from Frank O’Hara’s 1960 poem Hav­ing A Coke With You, sung over a soft rev of harp­si­chord and twin­kling synths.

4 FÜR FE­LIX Ek­sta­sis (2012) There’s a tinge of Ger­man coun­tertenor Klaus Nomi to this halfchanted, part-me­chan­i­cal and deeply the­atri­cal num­ber. Which is a good thing.

5 HORNS SUR­ROUND­ING ME Loud City Song (2013) Not since Kate Bush’s 1985 Num­ber 3 hit Run­ning Up That Hill has an artist made an avant-garde pur­suit song this bril­liantly.

6 HELLO STRANGER Loud City Song (2013) A six-and-half minute cover of Bar­bara Lewis’s 1963 hit turns this well-worn clas­sic into some­thing lugubri­ous and filled with long­ing.

7 CITY AP­PEAR­ING Loud City Song (2013) If you want to find the soft, low an­gles of Holter’s voice, this slow-drift­ing, jaz­ztoned track is a very fine place to start.

8 SEA CALLS ME HOME Have You In My Wilder­ness (2015) In which the harp­si­chord un­ex­pect­edly be­comes your new melodic pop in­stru­ment of choice. There is also sax­o­phone.

9 FEEL YOU Have You In My Wilder­ness (2015) Holter’s most com­mer­cial of­fer­ing to date, an odd, surg­ing pop tri­umph telling of hope, mythol­ogy and rain in Mex­ico City.

10 I SHALL LOVE 2 Aviary (2018) From its whis­pered begin­nings, Aviary’s lead-off sin­gle I Shall Love 2 builds into a great wild love song, with a rush of trum­pets, strings and hic­cup­ing.

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