Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #53 / 956
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 185 ratings
2012 Ratings: #58
March 6, 2012 / Release Date
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RVNG Intl. / Label
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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
holsgr
81
( ☆☆☆☆ ) solid and highly recommended project
matscomh
86
the idea of a Baroque Pop album hypes me up, and her vocals and songwriting makes it into something amazing.
fuckbirds
80
do you really expect me to get my full experience out of a julia holter album on the first listen
EdFruscley
93
the feeling with Julia is amazing, the songs are atmospheric and the counterpoint takes to you to a very jazzy place. in this record, a little bit more centered, but more solid than loud city sound. Is simple, it guides you through a path in bloom by the chorus and trumpets in this counterpoint. Julia Holter really gets perfection in pop art

Ekstasis es la definición de arte pop atmosférico, el perfeccionamiento de su contrapunto con la voz es una maravilla. Me parece más ... read more
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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