Ekstasis, the sophomore album of avaunt-garde LA artist Julia Holter, sounds like nothing you have heard before. Recorded with the help of a vocoder, the record permeates with reverbs and the looping of Julia’s ethereal voice. The music itself is a mix of the atmospheric and the classical, of the experimental and of pop. It is the kind of album where you would want to strap on your headphones to immerse yourself in the vast space that it creates.
Ekstasis was created during the same sessions from Holter’s overlooked debut album, Tragedy, a concept album released in late 2011 that built upon the premise of a Greek tragedy. Yet Ekstasis is sunnier, lighter, and is better off for it. This is an excellent, challenging record that makes me excited about discovering music. I strongly recommend you to give it a listen.
Check out the videos for arresting album opener Marienbad and whimsical standout In the Same Room below.
Julia Holter – Ekstasis comes out 3/8 via RVNG Intl (order here)