Photo credit – Dicky Bahto
“Aviary is immersive and sprawling in a way that few albums are encouraged to be” The Australian 4.5*
“In Aviary, Holter has created something esoteric, full of worldly interpretation, honesty and amid all this, genuine hope, for those willing to seize it” The Big Issue
“Aviary is a carefully crafted and recorded work, sublimely uninhibited and full of creative genius” Beat Magazine 8.5/10 “Unfettered, cathartic, magnificent” Uncut Albums of the Year
“A unique haze of avant-pop filtered through utterly adventurous modern classicism” Q 4*
“On her fifth album, Aviary, the composer and singer Julia Holter creates songs that swirl together centuries of classical and modern approaches: electronics, Minimalism, orchestral arrangements, medieval troubadour songs, piano ballads, chamber-pop, lullabies, collages, diaristic fragments, philosophical musings, open questions, encoded messages and surreal dream logic. It’s a compendium of mysteries” The New York Times
Julia Holter released her fifth acclaimed album last month, the dazzling Aviary. An epic journey through what Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world”; it is full of startling turns and dazzling instrumental arrangements whilst still clinging to a sense of radical hope, even in its most sombre moments.
Ahead of upcoming Australian live dates, Julia is pleased to share the video for ‘Whether’.
“When Julia asked me to make a video for Whether, she said that I should “have fun with it”. I decided to indulge in my love of hand-worked darkroom techniques. Exposing 16mm film prepared with cyanotype solution to the light of the sun on my balcony every afternoon over a couple of weeks, making the work in small pieces, meant that as the fires in Southern California darkened the sky with smoke, my exposures took increasingly long amounts of time to get images ever more faint. Julia wanted me to share this anecdote, since it fits the dystopian theme of the song, which is about the world collapsing around us because of climate change.”
Upcoming 2019 Australian live dates
Wednesday 16th Jan – The Rosemont, Perth Tickets
Friday 18th Jan – Mona Foma Festival, Tasmania Tickets
Sunday 20th Jan – Sydney Festival, Sydney Tickets
Monday 21st Jan – Melbourne Recital, Melbourne Tickets
Tuesday 22nd Jan – The Tivoli, Brisbane Tickets
Aviary is available to buy on deluxe LP (2 x heavyweight clear vinyl and booklet), standard LP (2 x heavyweight black vinyl and booklet), double CD (with booklet) and digitally. Buy HERE