Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness on LP + Download
Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter's most intimate album yet, a collection of radiant ballads. It represents a major step forward in an already critically lauded career, striking a balance between swelling orchestral balladry and avant-pop experimentation. Holter's clarity of vision and move towards broader pop arrangements is sure to see her embraced by a wider audience over the next year.
Her follow-up to 2013's widely celebrated Loud City Song explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar fodder in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic on her new album. Here, she and producer Cole Marsden Greif-Neill lift her voice out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects, putting her vocals front and center in the mix. The result is striking - it sounds as if Holter's extraordinary voice is right in your ear. It sounds clear and vivid, but also disarmingly personal. The focused warm sound and instrumentation – dense strings, subtle synth pads – adds to the effect.
Have You In My Wilderness deals with dark themes, but it also features some of the most sublime and transcendent music Holter has ever written. The ten songs on the album are shimmering and dreamlike, wandering the liminal space between the conscious and the subconscious.