Julia Holter - Marienbad
I was so late in the game coming around to my first listen to Julia Holter’s masterpiece Tragedy LP, and let me tell you master-fucking-piece is no exaggeration. It was simply one of those cases that I kept seeing her album on everyones 2011 year end lists, and sometimes seeing that much buzz turns me off to something. Well sir there is a damn good reason why its on everyone’s year end list. Fucking brilliant.
You might think that basing your album composition around a Greek play, Hippolytus, would spell certain grandiose death as your debut LP. Not even slightly. The result is a beautiful full piece of composition, which necessitates listening from beginning to end through. Trust me if listening to singles is your thing, this ain’t your album. But with a little patience, and I stress little cause its only 40min srsly, this album creates a whole new world of soundscape. I feel privileged, like I’m secretly listening into someones conversation. Then suddenly its so upbeat I almost wanna dance, and back down. There are movements and the range displayed here is most impressive of all. At times there is a serious classical sound like Julianna Barwick, then ambient, then full on snyths and electronic.
Just treat yourself and listen to this once through.
I guess there’s a reason why its twice sold out now from Leaving Records, with a legion of people commenting to please repress again on the label release page. First pressing was Ltd to 300 copies on custom metallic silver jackets designed by: Jesselisa Moretti, 1st repress was identical and Ltd to 500 copies.
I’m too sucked into this one, I shelled out for a copy at a semi-reasonable price, but srsly theres kids on discogs trying to rake in like $100 for a copy. BS.
If that is too expensive taste for you, you can grab a long playing c54 cassette of Live Recordings from NNA Tapes for only $7 clams here.
NNA Tapes says about it: So Cal artist Julia Holter’s latest cassette is a very personal collection of dreamy home-recording style pop ballads. Lush piano and synthesizer instrumentation meld with Holter’s ethereal vocals in cinematic and melancholy arrangements.
Lastly Julia HotlerEkstasis coming out on RVNG Intl. on March 8th 2012, which you can read more about here. The track, Marienbad, in the video is the first single from it. Keep an eye out for that one, likely it’ll sell out like hot cakes as well.