Julia Holter ‎– Aviary - 2018 Art Rock 180 Grm 2LP

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Julia Holter ‎– Aviary

Domino ‎– WIGLP417
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
USA & Europe
26 Oct 2018
Rock, Pop
Art Rock, Experimental


A1 Turn The Light On
Written-By – Julia Holter

A2 Whether
Written-By – Julia Holter

A3 Chaitus
Written-By – Julia Holter

A4 Voce Simul
Written-By – Julia Holter


B1 Every Day Is An Emergency
Written-By – Julia Holter

B2 Another Dream
Written-By – Julia Holter

B3 I Shall Love 2
Written-By – Julia Holter



C1 Underneath The Moon
Written-By – Julia Holter

C2 Colligere
Written-By – Julia Holter

C3 In Gardens' Muteness
Written-By – Julia Holter

C4 I Would Rather See
Written-By – Julia Holter



D1 Les Jeux To You
Written-By – Devin Hoff, Julia Holter

D2 Words I Heard
Written-By – Julia Holter

D3 I Shall Love 1
Written-By – Julia Holter

D4 Why Sad Song
Written-By – Julia Holter, Steve Tibbetts



Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Band House Studios
Published By – Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.
Published By – Rudra Music
Published By – Jessie The Dog Songs
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
Lacquer Cut At – Alchemy Mastering
Artwork – Dicky Bahto*
Design – Matthew Cooper (2)
Double Bass – Devin Hoff
Executive-Producer – Cole MGN*
Flugelhorn – Corey Fogel
Lacquer Cut By – Bazza (2)
Mastered By – David Ives
Producer, Arranged By, Recorded By, Vocals, Keyboards – Julia Holter
Producer, Recorded By, Engineer, Mixed By – Kenny Gilmore
Synth, Bagpipes – Tashi Wada
Trumpet – Sarah Belle Reid
Violin – Andrew Tholl
Violin, Viola, Vocals – Dina Maccabee
Made in the E.U.

Gatefold cover Includes download code and 12inch lyric booklet

( pitchfork) " Aviary feels more like a meticulously organized compilation of mind-altering field notes in which a single page can be a world, and its depth is stunning. Songs seem to exist within other songs. Exploring the album feels like walking through a house, where each of its 15 tracks is a room, a repository for another brilliant idea: medieval polyphony, Tibetan Buddhist chanting, the poet Sappho, Dante’s Inferno, even the outer limits of new wave. Each Aviary track is an extreme and immersive sensory experience. “Chaitius” could soundtrack a ballet; “Everyday Is an Emergency” sounds trapped inside a haunted mansion. Holter is often in conversation with ancient realms, and she sings words like “bubonic,” “hysteria,” and “stunning architecture” with disarming ease. (She recently expressed an interest in “the way monks would make art.”) These eccentricities are thrilling to move between. Aviary ultimately has the effect of looking through a new friend’s bookshelf, accessing the wild particularities of their mind.

The ascending, ecstatic centerpiece “I Shall Love 2” finds an unlikely predecessor in the space-rock romanticism of Spiritualized. The galactic piano ballad “Les Jeux to You” recalls Kate Bush, and is but one Aviary song where Holter makes her lyrics—reminiscent, on the page, of a dense Gertrude Stein poem—sound like an IMAX movie. “Voce Simul,” which evokes Meredith Monk’s extended vocal technique and contains the quintessential Holter lyric, “I always find myself dead, from a 14th century,” is another. Opener “Turn the Light On” is an awe-filled microcosm of Aviary as a whole: Rejecting conventional pop structure in favor of rolling, nonlinear majesty, it flutters from one burst of euphoria to another, like cosmic jazz. (Holter sings of eating “Sierra stars.”) “Turn the Light On” feels like something breaking down on its way out of the solar system—astral, endless, but with a spirited wrongness.

A most unlikely highlight, “Everyday Is an Emergency”—not “every day” but “everyday,” hinting at the terror in the quotidian—centers the droning, atonal bagpipe playing of Tashi Wada before turning into a brutal twisted-fantasy ballad. Playfully apocalyptic, it is a soundtrack for the end times, as Holter sings, “Heaven in the Human in the Arches in the Weather in the Table in the Somber in the Clanging in the Kingdom in the Wretched […] in the Excess […] in the Burning.” The bagpipe sound, in particular, is shocking." 

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Color Black