We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Julia Holter at Holocene on Monday, May 21, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, May 18.
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From our sponsors at Holocene:
Julia Holter, Jib Kidder & CLOAKS
Monday, May 21, 2012
8:30 p.m. | $10-$12 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets
1001 Southeast Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214
More Info: www.holocene.org
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking, hushed pop of mythologically-minded composer Julia Holter.
Julia Holter’s songwriting stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful. Formative experiences at Cal Arts studying with Michael Pisaro and in India singing with harmonium under guru Pashupati nath Mishra marked a slight detour for Holter in what started as a more traditional composition route. The trajectory leading to the creation of her new album, Ekstasis, (released March 8 on RVNG INTL.) suggests her thirst for knowledge and experience.
While Ekstasis reflects the conventions of her classical training, the album is also uncannily, if unknowingly, poppy. Holter’s approach to crafting the songs of Ekstasis centered around what she describes as, “open ear decisions: what seemed to sound best for that moment.” This blindness to reference unintentionally steers Ekstasis along the experimental pop spectrum most commonly associated to New York’s Downtown music micro-universe of the 80s, specifically the works of Laurie Anderson and Arthur Russell.
With each song, there is a unique story and approach, but all are united by Holter’s “desire to get outside of my body and find what I can’t define.” Ekstasis is an album indulged in these beautiful, simple, unfolding life mysteries.