- Ekstasis

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Rank: #39 / 860
USER SCORE
81
Based on
76 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Pitchfork

Ekstasis is not the sort of oceanic wash you lose yourself in; instead, Holter's music has a way of snapping tiny moments and small sonic gestures into focus.

86
Beats Per Minute

Ekstasis is a challenging listen, but a rewarding one. It’s fiercely experimental and aggressively unfamiliar. Yet it’s an album that doesn’t try to intimidate or hide within its unfamiliarity.

85
The 405

It’s an album that shows a mentality shift rather than a stylistic one, but its a shift that has taken a good artist and made her great.

80
PopMatters

The reward that her music offers is substantial, as Ekstasis is one of the most unusual and unprecedented indie pop albums to come along in quite awhile.

80
musicOMH

Although it’s possible to find minor disappointments and flaws in Ekstasis’ skilfully woven tapestry, this should not obscure Holter’s manifest talents.

80
FACT Magazine

Ekstasis sounds cleaner than its predecessor, Holter’s pop sensibilities and craft more sharply defined.

80
No Ripcord

Ekstasis abounds with originality and depth; soars and sinks; expands and implodes; evolves and dissipates; crackles and breaks all within one cohesive sound.

80
NME

Forget chart positions or blog hype: ‘Ekstasis’ reminds us that music can mean so much more. 

80
Drowned in Sound

Ekstasis revels in the ‘open-ear decisions’ of its architect, winding its way along paths both sepulchral and ascendant, often in the same song. 

70
Consequence of Sound

Holter has crafted an album that reflects her unique vision, though it fails to captivate the whole way through.

User Reviews
Oct 1, 2015
SiberianBreaks
55
It's like one of those dreams you instantly forget as you wake up. There's just nothing to grab on to under all the cloudy atmosphere created on here.

Favourite tracks: Marienbad, Moni mon amie
Sep 28, 2015
EMR
68
Her poetry shines among sparse, almost ambient instrumentals on this record, rarely manifesting itself as a true gem, despite its undeniable potential and Julia Holter's high musical intellingence that shows up throughout the album's lenght. There are some interesting and creative moments in Ekstasis, most of them in the form of obtuse and very contained, subtle soundscapes (maybe too subtle sometimes) that bring out all of the Kate Bush influences on her work. The later half sounds slightly ... read more
Jan 6, 2013
93
Another example of the glorious fusion of natural and electronic sounds we're hearing from all directions these days. This is what I like to think of as graduate student music. Mature, complex, and beautiful.
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DETAILS

March 6, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
RVNG Intl. / Label
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 9 - Beats Per Minute
# 36 - Clash
# 4 - Cokemachineglow
# 14 - FACT Magazine
# 9 - MOJO
# 27 - musicOMH
# 33 - No Ripcord
# 39 - Obscure Sound
# 37 - Pazz & Jop
# 26 - Pitchfork
# 46 - PopMatters
# 8 - The Wire
# 36 - Time Out London
# 23 - Uncut
Track List
  1. Marienbad 
  2. Our Sorrows 
  3. In the Same Room 
  4. Boy in the Moon
  5. Für Felix 
  6. Goddess Eyes II 
  7. Moni Mon Amie 
  8. Four Gardens 
  9. Goddess Eyes I 
  10. This Is Ekstasis
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Added on: February 2, 2012


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