This is the first time I’m hearing of California singer-songwriter Julia Holter, but the forthcoming album the above song comes from is not her first rodeo. From what I understand, this will be her second official album, and it’s titled Ekstasis.
Hopefully, all the songs on this album are as charming as “Marienbad,” which features a shy, stripped-down introduction and Julia’s chilly winter vocals. About a minute and thirty seconds in, the song hits a groove and growing instrumentation come together to create an atmosphere that feels sort of indebted to Kate Bush. The finale is pretty beautiful as well. It’s the sound of sweet modesty, amplified by a wash of reverb effects.
Look for this Julia Holter album in March via RVNG International.