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Julia Holter


Album No.2 from the Californian singer-songwriter and experimental sound artist

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  1. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Ekstasis is ecstatically good
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  2. 9.0 |   Bowlegs

    Imaginative, precocious and brilliant music
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  3. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    Music that's both haunting and life-affirming, something to make you dream and think
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  4. 8.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Ekstasis is a challenging listen, but a rewarding one. It’s fiercely experimental and aggressively unfamiliar. Yet it’s an album that doesn’t try to intimidate or hide within its unfamiliarity
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  5. 8.5 | mag

    Holter is able to wrap up her genius in a coating light as a feather
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The reward that her music offers is substantial, as Ekstasis is one of the most unusual and unprecedented indie pop albums to come along in quite a while
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Ekstasis is a magnificent record, one which marks its creator coming of age. You might say that it’s truly Holteresque
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Ekstasis genuinely conjures other worlds as harpsichord undulates between rolling grooves and intricate drones
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A work of transcendent pop beauty. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   NME

    Forget chart positions or blog hype: ‘Ekstasis’ reminds us that music can mean so much more
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  11. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Although it still occasionally feels like there is something distant about Ekstasis, something yet to thaw (chalk this up to its chilly aesthetic and Holter’s wilfully eclectic approach to her art), it is a genuinely enthralling listen
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Ekstasis abounds with originality and depth; soars and sinks; expands and implodes; evolves and dissipates; crackles and breaks all within one cohesive sound. The outstanding sound of Julia Holter
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    These nocturnal reveries make for a dreamlike wonder of contemporary avant pop
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  14. 8.0 |   BBC

    In a musical landscape stuffed with closely defined micro-genres and a tendency to look backwards for inspiration it's both refreshing and exciting to hear an artist so vividly committed to exploring new frontiers in such a rewarding way
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  15. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    While parallels to early Stereolab or Joanna Newsom may be valid, it’s clear that Holter is determined to construct her own mythology, one that Ekstasis ably supports
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  16. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A complex work characterised by hypnotic vocals and a careful mix of electronic and acoustic instrumentation
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    Editor's Rating only - No review
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  18. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Though the way she sings what she sings is likely to have as many fans as detractors, there’s a whole world to explore in what this talented lyricist uses her voice to say
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  19. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Its highs are undeniably beautiful, but you’re often left waiting for them to arrive for far too long
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  20. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Holter, a graduate in composition, marries a gauzy, bedroom-pop sensibility with formal rigour
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  21. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    A decent collection of songs from an artist clearly capable of much more
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