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by Andrew Sacher

Julia Holter

LA artist Julia Holter released the very good and very overlooked Tragedy in 2011 on Matthewdavid's label Leaving Records. That album combined minimalist electronics with some modern classical tendencies and Julia Holter's airy vocals floating in the background. She's signed with Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. to release that album's followup, Ekstasis, which is due out on March 8. If lead single, "Marienbad," is any hint as to where she's going to take us on Ekstasis, we can expect even grander statements than the ones made on Tragedy. On "Marienbad," Julia's voice has moved to the forefront and it turns out that it's very welcome there. The music here is larger too. She's using complex classical-informed layering, easing her way through dynamic ins and outs. Stream that track and watch its video (directed by Rick Bahto) below. Also check out the album artwork and tracklist for Ekstasis below.

Julia plans to tour Europe in support of the album this May/June (dates haven't been announced yet), but before that happens she'll play Le Poisson Rouge on March 6, where she will be making her NYC debut. The show is presented by Wordless Music and also features contemporary classical pianist Sarah Cahill. Tickets are on sale now. No other North American dates to report at the moment.

Sarah Cahill plays another NYC show two days after the LPR show at Roulette on March 8 with trombonist/composer Monique Buzzarte and composer Bun-Ching Lam.

Last spring, Julia Holter performed at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica as part of the Linda Perhacs Ensemble. Perhacs released the psychedelic folk masterpiece, Parallelograms, in 1970, with layers of vocals and ambience that are not too far removed from the ones Julia is channelling in her own music. Check out some videos from that show below.

Videos, album art and tracklist below...

Julia Holter - "Marienbad" Official Video

Linda Perhacs Ensemble - "Delicious Descant" at McCabe's in Santa Monica 4/10/11

Linda Perhacs Ensemble - "Chimacum Rain" at McCabe's in Santa Monica 4/10/11

Linda Perhacs Ensemble - "The Soul Of All Natural Things"" at McCabe's in Santa Monica 4/10/11

Julia Holter - "Marienbad"
Julia Holter - Marienbad by RVNG Intl.

Julia Holter - Ekstasis

Ekstasis Tracklist:
01. Marienbad
02. Our Sorrows
03. In the Same Room
04. Boy in the Moon
05. Für Felix
06. Goddess Eyes II
07. Moni Mon Amie
08. Four Gardens
09. Goddess Eyes I
10. This Is Ekstasis

Julia Holter -- 2012 Tour Dates
03/06 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY w/ Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill -- 2012 Tour Dates
02/10 Berkeley Art Museum Berkeley, CA
02/24 California State University Long Beach, CA
03/06 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY w/ Julia Holter
03/08 Roulette Brooklyn, NY w/ Monique Buzzarte, Bun-Ching Lam

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