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Julia Holter - Ekstasis

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Rank: #31 / 664
USER SCORE
81
Based on
55 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Pitchfork
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
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
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
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
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
FACT Magazine

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

80
No Ripcord
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
NME

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

80
Drowned in Sound
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
Consequence of Sound

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

User Reviews
BonoLightier
85
Music that makes my heart race (literally)

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

RELEASED: March 6, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: RVNG Intl.
GENRE: Experimental
WEBSITE: juliashammasholter.com
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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 and 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