Julia Holter
Ekstasis


3.5
great

Review

by VictorHugo USER (3 Reviews)
March 15th, 2012 | 21 replies | 5,772 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I can see you / but my eyes are not allowed to cry".

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

With the release of last years "Tragedy", Julia Holter quietly nudged her way into the list of artists to look out for. Although "Tragedy" had been ultimately too fluid to stomach for a less eclectic fan-base, it's whirlwind composition grated the surface of a more formal structure. What it lacked was a skeleton. The follow-up Ekstasis keeps the stream-of-conscience fluidity of it's predescesor, and puts it into shape - not always a simple one. The result is a shape-shifting organism droning in and out of an ocean of textures and whirly choirs, with Holter's voice at it's gravitatial center.

If there is one binding theme for Ekstasis, it is the feeling of moving outside oneself. "I can hear a statue wonder why they're so still". Like the suggestion of psyhic empathy in the opening line of the first track, the music seems to drift in and out from itself. The emphasis in her vocal staccato captures, contains, and eventually releases the spacey vibrations building around it. The synthy textures are sometimes brief, and often subtle, before disapearing into the background - but it's up to Holtner to decide which one she will work with before exhausting it and challenging another idea.

We continue to follow Holtner along this path of introspection, and our attention is sometimes drawn outside ourselves with the music. The floating notes seem sensitive and abstract until Holter breathes them to life with her voice. Such is the case of the relationship enacting between the employment of classical instruments ( marmbia, saxophone, violin), and the noise-pop, serving to compensate one another, yet not always flawlessly. As the notes melt into yet another wave of sound, constructing, de-constructing, and so-forth, the organism takes on a shape not quite whole, or ever complete. A lot of songs could have evolved into something terrific, but ultimately lack conviction. Für Felix forces itself to be too humble in the face of a colossal atmosphere, which is the scope it begs to evoke. In The Same Room and This Is Ekstasis, the closer, seem to heel over in resignation. Through and through, redundancies persist (I don't see the need for another Goddess Eyes).

Despite these errors, Ekstasis is a worthy, fun, and novel approach to a new wave of pop music, that draws parallels with artists such as Grimes and Beach House. The difference, however, between the already generic dream-pop/electronica hybrid, which took a revolutionary step forward into the current agenda of independent music, and Ekstasis, is that it doesn't even pronounce itself as a pop record. It simply, and beautifully, has all the airs. Rather than being anything close to dream-pop, it's more of an investigation into daydreams. Holter will find herself in the forefront of such a movement, with Ekstasis as her ticket in.


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VictorHugo
March 15th 2012



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QukVgY8I_nA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sevhead
March 15th 2012



569 Comments


sitting here waiting for me to listen, thanks for the reminder. your review is leagues above most on the site, nom some pos

VictorHugo
March 15th 2012



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thankss

BallsToTheWall
March 15th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2012



31053 Comments


Review really doesn't say anything about anything

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

pizzamachine
March 15th 2012



12571 Comments


I think it's a good review. : ) pos

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2012



18241 Comments


gotta check this

Digging: Syndrone - Salmataxia

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2012



7322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds like it could be worth a go.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2012



7022 Comments


this finally clicked, wonderful stuff

Digging: FKA twigs - LP1

Adabelle
April 27th 2012



4253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Two of her songs just came up on lastfm (Colin Stetson radio haha?) but looks like they're both from the other album, really enjoyable though

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2012



6092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is lovely

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2012



15000 Comments


dont really feel this one

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2012



6092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Took me a few weeks if that accounts for anything. Try "Goddess Eyes II" as a standalone track

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012



15000 Comments


what the hell, this is doing all sorts of things for me just a day later haha. things are weird

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2012



6092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

tell me about it

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2012



15000 Comments


imitation->imitation->reality

10/5

fuckthatnoise
May 7th 2012



1479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules.

Adabelle
May 12th 2012



4253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So i just listened to the whole album and idk, i like the last track a lot

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2012



15000 Comments


http://www.npr.org/event/music/147351089/julia-holter-in-concert

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012



15000 Comments


ten signs that read silence



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