|Holter, Julia / Have You In My Wilderness|
|Album:||Have You In My Wilderness||Collection:||General|
|Artist:||Holter, Julia||Added:||Oct 2015|
|Label:||Domino Recording Company|
|Add Date:||2016-01-20||Pull Date:||2016-03-20|
|Week Ending:||Mar 20||Mar 13||Mar 6||Feb 28||Feb 21||Feb 14||Feb 7||Jan 31|
|1.||Jan 30, 2019:||nearby galaxies |
|4.||Aug 23, 2016:||Magnetized Toner |
Betsy On The Roof
|2.||Apr 20, 2017:||serenity now |
|5.||Aug 23, 2016:||Life Aquatic |
Betsy On The Roof
|3.||Jan 26, 2017:||All Passion No Technique |
|6.||Jun 08, 2016:||Kick Out The Blues |
Hands down one of my favorite albums of 2015. Awash with lush strings and synths, always anchored by Holter’s distinctive vocals, sometimes buried in effects. Holter is a classically trained musician and it shows. The album thoughtfully combines cues from freak folk with experimental electronic effects and the sonic hallmarks of full-bodied, celebratory classical music. All tracks fantastic. RIYL Joanna Newsom, Lotus Plaza, Julianna Barwick|
1. (4:09) *** Feel You - Lush, complex instrumentation. Nice variations in dynamics and passages in which a host of different instruments are more prominent. Tight bass groove. Strings and Holter's joyous vocals augment this track's uplifting atmosphere.
2. (3:54) Silhouette - Delicate. Very freak folk vocally. Reminiscent of Marissa Nadler. Ethereally weird ambient sounds and ah’s in the background.
3. (3:58) How Long? - Melancholic and/or melodramatic. Deeper, still ethereal vocals. Heavy strings buried in effects. The term “weighty ghost” comes to mind. Sort of drags on towards the end, with a constant lyrical trope of running from the horizon.
4. (6:47) ** Lucette Stranded on the Island - Mid-tempo. Natural and ambient sounds, yet symphonic in a way. Odyssean. Celestial piano cascades through at times. Gorgeous.
5. (3:07) Sea Calls Me Home - Rushes onwards. Whistling. Seems like a restlessly joyful call to action. Fairly repetitive lyrically. Sax solo begins ~1:50. Concludes with a surprisingly gentle interplay between synths and whispered vocals.
6. (4:13) Night Song - Similar to track #3. Somber stillness. Sounds like Reminder-era Feist.
7. (3:29) * Everytime Boots - Faster-paced. Brief, quieter break in the middle of the song. A nice change from a lot of the melancholic similar-sounding tracks earlier in the record.
8. (6:16) *** Betsy on the Roof - Slow-burner. Anguished vocals about something “she said”. Heavy piano. Incredibly beautiful.
9. (6:37) *** Vasquez - Twinkling synths and hazy vocals lightly ensconced in effects. Some gentle, exotic-sounding drumming. Electronic effects, silvery bassline, subtle groove. Foggy, jazzy instrumental passage starting at ~3:52. What a ride.
10. (3:37) Have You In My Wilderness - Calls especial attention to the vocals. Reminded me instantly of Beach House's Devotion. Lovely ending to a melancholy, intense, haunting, stunning album.
|1.||Feel You||6.||Night Song|
|3.||How Long?||8.||Betsy On The Roof|
|4.||Lucette Stranded On The Island||9.||Vasquez|
|5.||Sea Calls Me Home||10.||Have You In My Wilderness|