January 30, 2014
by Theis Duelund
“I’ve been trying to delete the multi-instrumentalist label,” says 29-year-old L.A. composer Julia Holter about her poorly researched Wikipedia entry. “I played cello on my early recordings, but that doesn’t mean I’m a cellist, you know?”
The classically-trained pianist and composer may be too modest about her abilities. Holter has been a figure on the experimental pop scene for several years, wowing audiences and critics alike with expansive soundscapes that vacillate between intimate vocal-driven songs and grand electronic ballroom waltzes. Her two previous albums, Tragedy and Ekstasis, were primarily written and recorded in her makeshift bedroom studio. Her latest album, 2013’s Loud City Song, departs from this do-it-yourself aesthetic for a state-of-the-art studio equipped with session musicians. Loud City Song has been lavished with praise and was named best album of 2013 by The Wire. Here are seven things to know before diving into Julia Holter’s musical pool. Read more .