After the superb debut proper of Tragedy
, Julia Holter followed up with this mesmerizing confection of an album.
Clearly not afraid of a concept album, the best way to describe the atmosphere as a whole is like 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' - traveling down rabbit holes, confronted by emotionally-charged situations and obscure diversions at every turn. That's not to say this is inaccessible in the slightest - the stand out tracks are mutated pop music such as 'In The Same Room' and the two part 'Goddess Eyes' which have brain-worm hooks but offer enough intrigue and riffs on the central theme to keep you coming back for more. 'Boy In the Moon' could be described as Lynchian but more specifically 'TwinPeaksian'(!) with the Julee Cruise-like vocals and hushed Badalamenti score weaving its way to a dark climax.
There are countless touchstones for elements of Julia's sound but its very singularity transcends the sum of its parts - like the very best music 'Ekstasis' is transporting and addictive.
Without a doubt one of my favourite albums this, or any other, year. Immerse yourself.