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This is magnificent
Everyone's talking about Julianna Barwick (and rightly so) but is there any love for Julia?
Not sure her full-band set up is particularly representative of her recorded output but it was really, really lovely stuff. Everyone went wild at the end and they played an encore which was funny as it was tiny tent and everyone was sitting cross-legged on the floor.
But the setting was a little small. Haven't got chance to really delve into this properly yet, her records so far take a little time to sink in.
Seen her in London tonight and it was pretty good.
Bit of an acquired taste but worth the effort I think.
Not that there's any particular reason to compare them to be honest (but since you brought it up...).
Julianna Barwick is good, but I think her new album retreads the first quite a lot, and there was a good review in the Wire which points out that she tends toward a fairly uniform sound/mood, which is to say quite sweet and `pretty`, without a lot to contrast it.
Where Julia Holter's stuff is continuously inventive, informative and varied from album to album (imo).
It's full of subtle changes, things that might not be apparent straight away but are more than enough to keep things interesting. And yeah, contrasts can be great but also some albums fit a mood/space so perfectly it becomes their strength. The New Washed Out is another example.
Needlessly defensive? Dunno, you make a valid criticism but I hold both these artists in similar esteem (though they're not all that similar).
And this one is no different. I've bagged myself a freebie for review purposes to see her the day after my birthday as well.
I'll download the new one on the basis of all the good reviews. I see that she's playing The Village Underground in November.