Pop & Hiss

The L.A. Times music blog

« Previous Post | Pop & Hiss Home | Next Post »

In rotation: Julia Holter's 'Tragedy'

January 16, 2012 |  5:12 am

In rotation: Julia Holter's 'Tragedy.' A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers & contributors are listening to right now...

In rotation: Julia Holter's 'Tragedy'

Local experimental musician Julia Holter had a banner year in 2011. Her full-length album, “Tragedy,” inspired by Euripides’ “Hippolytus,” found its way onto a few influential year-end lists, including NPR’s Best Outer Sound Albums of 2011.Released on the tiny Leaving label in the fall, “Tragedy” is 50 minutes of collage, soaked in neo-classical atmosphere.

Sometimes Holter sings in an ethereal voice suggestive of Aphrodite, the play’s vengeful goddess of love who dooms everyone around her; other times, instrumental blocks made of evolving synths, ringing chimes, static-shrouded woodwinds push in like weather systems. The 10-minute “Celebration” is one of the wonders from this transporting collection that’s out of print on vinyl but available digitally.

Julia Holter
Leaving Records


Rick Ross at the Nokia Theatre

'SNL' introduces the world to Lana Del Rey

Spin starts 140-character reviews; we write haikus in response

—Margaret Wappler