Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Art of the Cover - Julia Holter's "Have You In My Wilderness" (2015)

Half of what I say is meaningless but I say it just to reach you ..... yap, she's back!

Yap, a nice enigmatic portrait adorns Julia's new opus.

And this guy really loves it ...

A breathtaking headphone record that rewards amplified, focused listening, Holter's new album can be best understood through her choice of instrumentation. Rich with strings, piano, brass, harpsichord, shakers and various acoustical tools, the 10 songs highlight delicately placed tones and textures as old as the ages, but harness them to create defiantly contemporary work.

This shouldn't be much of a surprise to those who have already learned to trust the instincts of this Los Angeles artist. Over the last decade, the California Institute of the Arts alum, whose visual aesthetic is as striking as her compositional reflexes, has issued a series of albums, mixes, cassettes and digital files that illuminate her skills and evolution as a songwriter and arranger.

Her last album, "Loud City Song," was one of the best of 2013; "Have You in My Wilderness" is even better. Imagine Joni Mitchell's meandering, fluid approach to structure mixed with strings that suggest Van Dyke Parks' liquid arrangements and Brian Wilson's joyful percussive accents. The harmonies woven through "Lucette Stranded on the Island" seem to carry Holter's voice as if on waves, and when percussion arrives, it strikes like a tempest. "Everytime Boots" is a piano romp about riding a motorcycle. The smoky "Vasquez" is propelled by jazz-accented double bass. Each song is a new adventure; combined, they create an essential Los Angeles record

by  ... latimes.com 


1. Feel You 4:09
2. Silhouette 3:54
3. How Long? 3:58
4. Lucette Stranded On The Island 6:47
5. Sea Calls Me Home 3:07
6. Night Song 4:13
7. Everytime Boots 3:29
8. Betsy On The Roof 6:16
9. Vasquez 6:37
10. Have You In My Wilderness 3:37

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