Something in the Room She Moves: Calder Red Vinyl LP
Julia Holter

Something in the Room She Moves: Calder Red Vinyl LP

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Label: Domino
Release Date: 22nd March

Feels a bit pointless trying to even attempt to describe Julia Holter's music and I'm a lazy enough writer as it is. So dense with influence from chamber pop to experimental art pop to exotica to musique concrete to new age to free jazz and possibly none of those at all. A one of a kind artist whose rich sound is expanding with every project.

“My heart is loud,” Julia Holter sings on her sixth album Something in the Room She Moves, following an inner pulse. The Los Angeles songwriter’s past work has often explored memory and dreamlike future, but her latest album resides more in presence: “There’s a corporeal focus, inspired by the complexity and transformability of our bodies,” Holter says. Her production choices and arrangements form a continuum of fretless electric bass pitches in counterpoint with gliding vocal melodies, while glissing Yamaha CS-60 lines entwine warm winds and reeds. “I was trying to create a world that’s fluid-sounding, waterlike, evoking the body’s internal sound world,” Holter says of her flowing harmonic universe.

“What is delicious and what is omniscient?” she sings on “Spinning”, the album’s incantatory centrepiece. “What is the circular magic I’m visiting?” Or as Holter put it: “It’s about being in the passionate state of making something: being in that moment, and what is that moment?” She found it anew on Something in the Room She Moves, singing in somatic frequencies.


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