Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #44 / 1047
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 220 ratings
2012 Ratings: #52
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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. 

ACreativeName
85
julia holter invented music
KevinPopSlut69
84
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this album. Turns out this album is one huge build-up after another and I stan.

Marienbad 90/100
Our Sorrows 82/100
In The Same Room 75/100
Boy In The Moon 100/100
Für Felix 87/100
Goddess Eyes II 77/100
Moni Mon Amie 65/100
Four Gardens 93/100
Goddess Eyes I 74/100
This Is Ekstasis 100/100

Average: 84.3 = 84/100.
matscomh
86
the idea of a Baroque Pop album hypes me up, and her vocals and songwriting makes it into something amazing.
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
DanielRLA12
81
When Julia began to establish herself as a transcendental artist
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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