Last week I caught a review of Julia Holzter’s Ekstasis on Resident Advisor and downloaded it as I was intrigued by what they had to say about it. Surprising enough, the record by the ambient pop artist hits very close to home: she comes to us by way of Los Angeles.
Holter‘s sound is a little bit Joanna Newsom without the pretense, a little bit Kate Bush without the booming vocals, and is a little bit Grimes without the frenzy. They are these hyper-looped, echoing, almost cavernous songs that have moments of high-pop and high-art, the pulsing “Marienbad” at the top of the album almost like a thesis for her work (which you can listen to below). Points like “Moni Mon Amie,” above, put her into an literal dream pop light, twinkling and cooing over a marching harpsichord and snare drum. However, Holter stands out most when she gets a weird, which the near perfect “Goddess Eyes II” points out, an airy synth song that juxtaposes her voice against a robotic version of it, all set to a droning backbeat.
Ekstatsis is her fifth release and her first release on RVNG Intl, who have been ripping things apart this year (especially with their Blondes release). She is a very delicate musician and really, really does sound like a new coming of Kate Bush, which she will definitely evolve into soon enough. Catch more on Holter from her Soundcloud and give her a Like on Facebook. You can catch “Marienbad” below along with “In The Same Room.” Pick up Ekstasis here.