Julia Holter is a classically-trained keytarist from Echo Park. After infiltrating Human Ear Music headquarters dressed as an intern, she wrote and recorded her own release on the label. Her music is witty, surreal and optimistic. She plays without sarcasm in the terrains that divide sentimentality, passion, and control. Her songs are written instinctively, and treated with an off-kilter fastidiousness, working orchestral variety from minimal instrumentation.
Julia Holter second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written and recorded across the span of three years in Los Angeles, California. Holter's songwriting stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful. Her Eating the Stars EP (2007) was a first attempt at musically transcribing this beauty, while discovering the honest enjoyment of unadulterated creativity. The anonymous authorship and shimmering gold detail of medieval illuminated manuscripts particularly inspired the ornately-orchestrated pop song mystery of Stars. Holter's debut album Tragedy (Leaving Records, 2011) embraced similar strains of shimmer, but used sparser textures in a narrative context. [more]
Had to replace with this great video. 08-29-2012 - Bear
The first thing that came to mind was an image that gradually deteriorates with visual noise, echoing the sonic noise present in the song. We go from lightness to darkness, away from a structured, fabricated place and into raw territory. - Jose Wolff - August, 2012
Directed by Jose Wolff.
Photography by Robson Muzel and Jose Wolff.
"Broken figure" portrayed by Bryan Dodds.
Shot on site at The Wulf, Elysian Park, and the Angeles Angeles Natural Forest.
Special thanks to Emily Jane Kuntz and Eric KM Clark and Michael Winter at The Wulf.
©2012 RVNG Intl.
Here is the first track on the album, performed live at Human Resources gallery. Marienbad
And finally today the official video for the third track on the album.
In The Same Room When I first heard to Julia's "In The Same Room," I felt an inherent response to portray the song through a day dream sequence. To convey the subconscious day dream wandering and create a surreal juxtaposition, we shot on Bolex, Super 8, and digital formats, and used sun-drenched landscapes mixed with interior shots. Wyatt, the editor, layered the files to give dimensional qualities to the interior shots. The song is about trying to remember someone or specifically place someone's face. The layering of film formats, color themes, and shoot environments sequences represents the flooding of a lifetime of memories.
Hilary Walsh, February 2012
Julia Holter - "In the Same Room"
Directed by Hilary Walsh.
Edited by Wyatt Seaverns.
From the album Ekstasis (RVNGNL14)
©2012 RVNG Intl.