JULIA HOLTER (USA)
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Mistletone proudly presents Julia Holter, bringing her stunning ensemble back to Australia hot on the heels of her colossal new album Have You In My Wilderness (out September 25 on Domino.) One of the most mesmerising and erudite artists to emerge from the Los Angeles arts scene, Julia Holter crafted her fourth full length album Have You In My Wilderness with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Cole Greif-Neill (Ariel Pink, Beck, Nite Jewel). The album follows Julia's much-lauded previous titles, Loud City Song (2013), Ekstasis (2012) and Tragedy (2011), and was written from the heart - warm, dark and raw - exploring love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar in pop music, Julia Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic, with some of the most sublime and transcendent music she has ever written. Like Julia's previous albums, Have You in My Wilderness is multi-layered and texturally rich, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians. It is also her most sonically intimate album, with her vocals front and centre in the mix, lifted out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects. The result is striking: clear and vivid, but disarmingly personal.
To quote Holter fan-girl Aunty Meredith: "Julia Holter is pretty phenomenal. Frankly, she's my current musical hero. She's an L.A. born and based composer, and one of the most adventurous, experimental, ambitious artists working today. Her music is almost without roots. How she gets it from her head to our ears without it catching on accepted conventions along the way is a minor miracle, but by the time it arrives - it sounds like pure imagination. How does she make this stuff? Holter began studying composition, fusing elements of twentieth-century classical, jazz and baroque pop and her music has evolved to combine avant garde and pop ideas, with the human voice as arguably her primary instrument. It has a late night, cinematic quality, and can be both cat-hair soft and strident. She leads a hypnotic, spiritual, guitar-less band comprised of cello, piano, sax, violin and drums, with layered vocals, and finds a heavenly and sincere new way of expressing the inexpressible."
With special guests Sui Zhen and Wintercoats