Review: Julia Holter – Aviary

From the very first track of Aviary, American singer/songwriter Julia Holter’s fifth album, it is clear that this is a work of immense scope and ambition. There is a cinematic melancholy running throughout, yet there is also a playfulness bubbling underneath the surface. The album throbs with cultural diversity. Julia‚Äôs haunting voice is surrounded by a perfect cluster of sounds, strings, organ, harp, bass guitar, digital sounds and so many others contribute to her ambient but busy sounding and ethereal work. Her album seems heavily inspired by 20th century music, with impressionist and minimalist-like scales and passages.

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