'Aviary' is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” Out via Domino, it’s the Los Angeles composer’s most breathtakingly expansive album yet, full of startling turns and dazzling instrumental arrangements.
The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 record, 'Have You in My Wilderness', it takes as its starting point a line from a 2009 short story by writer Etel Adnan: "I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds." It’s a scenario that sounds straight out of a horror movie, but it’s also a pretty good metaphor for life in 2018, with its endless onslaught of political scandals, freakish natural disasters, and voices shouting their desires and resentments into the void.
“Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation,” says Holter. “I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person - how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace. Maybe it’s a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future.”
The first song Julia shared from Aviary, 'I Shall Love 2' echoes that hope: "I am in love... There is nothing else".
“In a lot of the songs, when I mention love, it’s about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested,” Holter says. In Aviary’s case, that search for sweetness - that bridging of the gulf - becomes a metaphor for the creative process itself, cutting through the hierarchies of history, language, and musical form to offer something more fluid, more inclusive, more idiosyncratic.
Aviary combines Holter’s slyly theatrical vocals and Blade Runner-inspired synth work with an enveloping palette of strings and percussion that reveals itself, and the boundless scope of her vision, over the course of fifteen songs.
+ Indie version is on clear vinyl.
+ Both vinyl versions are heavyweight double LPs in black polylined inner sleeves, housed in a gatefold cover. Includes an 8 page booklet and a download card.
+ CD version is double disc, housed in printed inner sleeves, in a 'mini gatefold' cover, with a 16 page booklet.
Turn The Light On
Everyday Is An Emergency
I Shall Love 2
Underneath The Moon
In Gardens’ Muteness
I Would Rather See
Les Jeux To You
Words I Heard
I Shall Love 1
Why Sad Song
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