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Though Julia Holter was part of a wave of young one-woman-band electronic artists to emerge in the early '10s, hers is a singular style. Her second album, Ekstasis, was one of 2012's most entrancing musical moments. Holter's eclectic background includes everything from folk to modern classical, and Ekstasis is similarly syncretic. Echoes of '80s pop, ambient electronics, chillwave/dream-pop, and more can be discerned echoing through its corridors, all informed by a willingness to move in experimental directions unbound by idiomatic constrictions. Holter's soft, clear voice coolly intones lyrics that seem alternately impressionistic and downright cubist. A gentle but insistent network of atmospheric synthesizer textures and understated electronic beats gleams, bubbles, and twinkles under and around Holter's vocals, for an effect that might be ataractic if its freedom from convention didn't keep commanding attention so consistently.

Customer Reviews

Such a sweet voice

I saw her last night at a Sigur Ros concert and was really impressed with her performance. Definitely my favorite opener for a band yet.


A lot of reviews say something is excellent, 5 stars. But this really is. Marienbad blows me away, and it is only the beginning. If you are in the mood for complex and mysterious music by a very talented singer/musician, give this a listen.

Soooooo good.

Takes me to another world. Blissfully sweet. Love it so much.


Born: December 18, 1984 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Los Angeles-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter blurs the boundaries between indie music, modern composition, and electronic music in her own work as well as her collaborations, which include work with Nite Jewel's Ramona Gonzalez and underground folk icon Linda Perhacs. Holter grew up in a musically inclined family -- her father is a guitarist who once played with Pete Seeger -- and studied electronic music at CalArts. After graduation, she began releasing music at a prolific rate:...
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