Download of the Week: Julia Holter
If I make a list at the end of this year, Julia Holter's Loud City Song on Domino Records will surely be near the tippy top. I'm almost reluctant to try to pigeon hole its sound but I'm reminded of bits and pieces of Kurt Weill and Laurie Anderson but most of all I'm reminded of Julia Holter. Only better. Yea, I'm going on that limb and suggest that Loud City Song is her most mature sounding and fully realized release yet which kinda makes sense as its also her first true studio release. And I liked last year's Exstasis just fine. But I'm learning to love Loud City Song.
It's fresh, one of the freshest sounding records I've heard so far this year. And vibrant, full of a love of life. At least that's what I hear. According to an interview on Stereogum, Loud City Song "...is just sort of thematically inspired by Gigi" the 1958 film as well as the novel the film is based on by Colette. Even without that reference, this music sparkles with life and moves very comfortably from style to style but never feels like pastiche. All of Holter's varied voices weave together to tell a tall tale making it a really a lovely record to experience from start to finish. Maybe that makes it a 'concept' album.
I recommend giving Loud City Song a good listen. Help yourself to the track below but this record really deserves to be listened to in toto.
When you're ready to purchase, you can get the 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV version from Bleep.com.