ALBUM REVIEW: Julia Holter – Aviary | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.10.18







Having pulled a wider audience into her orbit with the pristine Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter demonstrates the full scope of her talent on her daring fifth album, Aviary. From the chaotic in media res opening of Turn the Light On until the sombre minimalism of Why Sad Song some ninety minutes later, Aviary is the sound of Holter pushing herself and her audience further in every direction, with some of her most beautiful work to date sitting alongside much more startling, challenging material.

If there’s any viable comparison available, it’s to the troubled, mutilated torch songs of Scott Walker’s Climate of Hunter and Tilt. A brilliant but oblique album that will take a long time to unravel.

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