Julia Holter
Aviary


4.0
excellent

Review

by Marehelm USER (7 Reviews)
November 4th, 2018 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An experience.

I have only heard this with my right ear.

So, "Everyday is an Emergency". A song. A controversial one. Ever since Twin Peaks: The Return, I have been fascinated with the idea of not giving your audience what they want: Instead giving them what they need. We probably need the screeching and dissonance for a short while, even though we don't want it, in order to appreciate the rest.

I can hear perfectly fine with my left ear. It's functional and all. Haven't blown it out with harsh noise wall or anything. The left ear can still hear the humming cars outside my window or my own shallow breath. But Aviary is only present in my right. Ear, that is.

Aviary is long. Probably the longest album I've ever heard exclusively through my right ear. It's certainly not perfect, but find a double album that doesn't possess weak spots, has dents in the surface, or cracks in the corner. Hell, find anything, movies, thoughts, social interactions, that are coherent and enjoyable for 90 minutes. I can't. To me, when utilizing the double album, we're trying to move away from music as "entertainment" and gravitating towards "experience". No 90 minute human experience is ever perfect.

Though it's still of course valid to ask in regard to this album: Is it a good experience? It's certainly harder to rate an experience than entertainment. Experiences can be tiring, drawn out, even repulsive, and still be a "good", or at least engaging or even meaningful, experience. Like Twin Peaks: The Return.

My answer: Maybe. It depends on like a flup-ton of factors like mood, the weather, and what you had for breakfast. But Aviary is indeed an experience, and that itself is worth cherishing.

Even if only heard through the right ear.




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Marehelm
November 4th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So, another non-review.

brainmelter
November 4th 2018


7109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:] pos for your ‘non’-review

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Marehelm
November 4th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man!

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2018


20553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A little bit weird review but just like the album, pos!



(Hope your left ear gets better soon)

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Marehelm
November 5th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! It's weird with that ear

Marehelm
November 5th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm consistenly surprised by how well my reviews are received.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2018


20553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't say it too loud lol

Marehelm
November 5th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, good point

Marehelm
November 5th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't wanna jinx it

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2018


43923 Comments


what a lovely review

Marehelm
November 5th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Means a lot coming from you (crossing fingers that you're not being sarcastic)

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2018


43923 Comments


sincerely! obviously dig the twin peaks references but the right ear imagery is super unique and i really fw the entertainment vs experience angle, says a lot in a very short paragraph. now i feel bad not having heard this yet

Marehelm
November 5th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great! Thanks my man. Please let me know what you think of it when you get to hear it

Marehelm
November 6th 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will tell you guys about the ear some time



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