Julia Holter - "Maxim's I" (stream) + Tour Dates

by Nigel Spudes

8 August 2013

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.


  
TOUR DATES

08-08 Haldern-Rees, Germany - Haldern Pop
08-09 Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Summerfest
08-10 Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West
08-11 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08-13 Ghent, Belgium - DOK
08-14 Saint Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival
08-16 Brecon Beacons, Wales - Green Man Festival
08-17 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival
08-20 London, England - Cecil Sharp House
09-11 Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church *
09-12 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
09-14 Portland, OR - Holocene *
09-15 Seattle, WA - Barboza *
09-16 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
09-20 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
09-21 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern *
09-24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09-26 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
11-12 Brighton, England - Komedia
11-13 Manchester, England - Deaf Institute
11-14 Leeds, England - Howard Assembly Hall
11-15 Liverpool, England - Leaf
11-16 Bristol, England - The Cube
11-17 Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Unitarian Church
11-19 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
11-20 Glasgow, Scotland - CCA

* with Nedelle Torrisi

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