The blossoming, dramatic third single from Julia Holter's Loud City Song expands her former largely synthetic style in an organic, classic-sounding direction.
What Julia Holter calls the “heart” of her third record (and Domino debut) Loud City Song, third single “Maxim’s I,” starts in a mass of cymbals and blossoms into a fecund, organic piece of slow-moving, ever-ascending classic pop. The dramatic, six-minute song (compulsively repeatable, due in part to its Ouroboros-like structure, with those same cymbals closing the track) gives Holter space to showcase her already strong vocals in a less claustrophobic environment. The track’s live instrumentation lends lines like “What of hearts, and diamonds?” a vocal pop bigness unusual to much of her older material, and the strength of her unlayered, all-but-effects-free voice shows a growing sense of artistic confidence. Here’s hoping that Holter took as much care with Loud City Song‘s other organs as she did with its heart.