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  • Vinyl (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B007H8FFLC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Marienbad
  2. Our Sorrows
  3. FÃ1/4r Felix

Disc: 2

  1. Moni Mon Amie
  2. Goddess Eyes I
  3. Four Gardens

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Genre : Alternative, Classical, Experimental. Julia Holter s Tragedy album was included in several 2011 year end lists, including NPR, WIRE, FACT, and Boomkat s #1 album of the year. Touring Europe in May & June. Ekstasis press coverage confirmed for NPR, Pitchfork, The Fader, Mojo, Uncut, FACT, Resident Advisor, Dazed & Confused, WIRE, Spex (Germany), Tsugi, etc. In the Same Room named Pitchfork Best New Music. Ekstasis was mixed by Cole M. Greif-Neill, formerly of Ariel Pink s Haunted Graffiti. Presently a member of Nite Jewel and The Samps. Julia Holter s second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written and recorded across the span of three years in Los Angeles, California. Ekstasis marks a return to the playful searching of her 2007 Eating the Stars EP, but guided by newly-learned disciplines, slightly better technology, and nearly limitless home recording time. Holter s songwriting stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful. Stars was a first attempt at musically transcribing this beauty, while discovering the honest enjoyment of unadulterated creativity. Holter s critically acclaimed debut album Tragedy (Leaving Records, 2011) embraced Stars strains of shimmer, but used sparser textures in a narrative context. While Ekstasis reflects the conventions of her classical training, the album is also uncannily, if unknowingly, poppy. Holter s approach to crafting the songs of Ekstasis centered around what she describes as, open ear decisions: what seemed to sound best for that moment. This blindness to reference unintentionally steers Ekstasis along the experimental pop spectrum most commonly associated to New York s Downtown music micro-universe of the 80s, specifically the works of Laurie Anderson and Arthur Russell. With the blindness that leads Ekstasis, there are also many compositional methods at play. Marienbad was built while playing around on a Fender Rhodes with imagined imagery of topiary gardens and scenes from the song s film namesake in mind. The entirety of Boy in the Moon - the Casio SK-1 noodles, melody, and lyrics was improvised over a seven minute catharsis. The melody and lyrics for Four Gardens were written spontaneously while rearranging an older song on a loop pedal for a live performance. This is Ekstasis contains a bass line built from a medieval isorhythm technique, allowing it to maintain a sense of repetition, but shift slightly with every turn

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Format: Audio CD
Julia Holter is probably destined for comparisons with Julianna Barwick. Both choose to work alone, have a penchant for renaissance music and like to overdub and layer their vocals, oh and their names and physical appearance are kind of similar too. Even though thats all true, Ektasis doesn't really aim for angelic transcendence like Barwicks 2011 opus The Magic Place did. Instead it's a little more progressive, avant garde and unpredictable. This album floats from choral music to minimal electronic music than to middle eastern and free jazz, (sometimes in the same song). All these styles are delicately woven together on ekstasis to create a fascinating tapestry of sounds that sommehow feel like they were made for each other.

Take Four Gardens which begins with an oriental flourish of delicate xylophone hits, electric synths and a viola? That is soon to be accompanied by an out of control sax, muted drumming and some other peculiar ambient noodlings. Whilst all this is happening over the song's 6 minute length, Julia Holter's voice chameleonically transitions between the Far east, The Middle East and the West with such skill as to appear blithe whilst doing so. In The Same Room is a little more conventional in it's construction, however it's still eclectic by any artists standards. Combining the airy gradiations of a subdued drum machine, sustained organ and breathy vocals (think Beach House) whilsts conjuring up the feel of julee Cruise and Baroque music with her versatile singing/self harmonisng and a lingering harpiscord being played in the background.

Julia Holter is a very talented artist who can flawlessly mimic Laurie Anderson's vocoder brilliance in one song and match Joni Mitchel's emotive voice in another.
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Why have I never heard of Julia Holter until now. This ambient album is full of mystery, and rewards repeated listens. While comparisons with other female artists can be made, it's fresh and unlike anything I've heard before. A sublime masterwork. Glad I got it on vinyl.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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Initially a little skeptical of this, but happily surprised with its tightly consistent melodies and production quality, which build fairy-tale like soundscapes and imagery. All of the songs seem like twinkly nocturnes or swirly, hypnotic affairs, incorporating a host of strings, organs/keyboards, and electrics, some horns. They're hardly pop ditties or beaty danceables, but nevertheless force repeated plays. Lyrics are lovely and clear, and remind one of Grimes, Hex, and Cocteau Twins but with a more dainty, accessible vibe; while the music is paced and themed like Blue Nile, 17 Pygmies, Talk Talk. Great for slow nights in, background/reading music (in the most respectful way), walks, chillout. Best tracks: goddess eyes 2, fur felix, in the same room, our sorrows.
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Format: Vinyl
If chart topping music is your thing this may disappoint. If on the other hand you fancy a musical acid trip of multi layered sound jump in and buy this sometimes haunting blast from Julia Holter which for a bonus includes two versions of the exceptional goddess eyes.
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