The Best Of JULIA HOLTER
The pick of Julia: from harpsichord-driven melodic pop to dreamy, avant-garde love songs…
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.