Julia Holter - Loud City Song
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Based on 32 reviews
2013 Ratings: #29 / 1104
Year End Rank: #19
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2013 Ratings: #17
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The Fly

With ‘Loud City Song’, Julia Holter marks the scene’s zenith, continuing her journey from obscurity, through marginality and onwards into accessibility. 


It’s certainly Holter’s most accomplished and imaginative album


Loud City Song is Holter's most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter.

The 405

Whilst it remains unpredictable throughout, Loud City Song is never anything less than completely thrilling.

FACT Magazine

Don’t let the singular beauty of Loud City Song fool you. Holter may write stunning pop-tinged songs, but she’s an experimental artist through and through.


Excitingly, ‘Loud City Song’ has an immediate pop whirl that should make Holter’s genius apparent to all, without sacrificing the California Institute Of The Arts graduate’s knack for intricacy.


The power of Loud City Song, then, lies not in the concepts upon which it deliberates, nor even the means through which it deliberates upon them, but rather how it translates these heady notions of the individual vs. the social, the Idea of the city, etc. into warm and loving compositions that first and foremost feel real. 

Tiny Mix Tapes

Like any modernist piece of work, Loud City Song consciously walks through paths that have been beaten before, but unravels threads out into new corners and ushers you in; records of this complexity and depth rarely feel so inviting.


It’s an impressive record to listen to—the compositions are even more beautiful than Ekstasis, even though they’re often more fragmented—but it’s also a frightening depiction of what it feels like to have a whole population making you up in its head.


Loud City Song is one of those records so full of un-jaded wonder and attuned to the secret music of ordinary things that the world looks a little bit different while it's playing. 

The Line of Best Fit

It’s the explorations of sound and bold yet gentle orchestrations that makes Loud City Song a perfect example of Holter honing in on her talents by evoking mystery but retaining enough openness to keep her sound in constant flux.

Under The Radar

This is music that takes a while to comprehend, designed for longevity over quick appeal. For those of you wistful for this approach, look no further.

Like any new city, this album may take some getting used to--there's beauty everywhere, but the streets are far from a neat grid. But as you walk them, Holter's genius as a sonic town planner reveals itself.

This is a clever, sophisticated album that still oozes warmth and affection. Superficiality and loneliness have never sounded so tender and dazzling.

Consequence of Sound

Loud City Song is a sightseeing trip with a person fully able to portray the objective beauty of the sights, as well as her own take on them.


If Holter's stated themes sound like bullet points on a Media Studies 101 syllabus, fear not: There's nothing prosaic about this entrancing, chamber-pop masterpiece.

Drowned in Sound

It’s a jaw-dropping accomplishment, one of those records that’s almost pointless to listen to as a series of individual songs – tracks are mini symphonies in themselves, and to break Loud City Song down into tracks would be missing the point.


i like it when she goes wah wah


The Greatest Night Time Walk Of All Time.....

Released on August 20th, 2013, Loud City Song is the third album by the American musician Julia Holter. The album was co-produced by Holter and Cole M.G.N., marking the second time the pair had worked together.

The initial concept of Loud City Song arose from the sessions for Julia Holter's previous album, Ekstasis. The track "Maxim's I" had been written during the sessions, but Holter did not feel that the song fit in with the themes ... read more


Not sure if I could ever decide on a favorite Julia Holter album, but this one definitely holds a special place for being my proper introduction to her. I remember being totally blown away by "World" and its use of phrasing and empty space to convey the Gigi-adjacent atmosphere this record is going for. Seriously - this song makes me feel like I'm sitting on a fire escape in Los Angeles at night watching cars quietly below. For longtime fans of Holter, hearing her finally close up ... read more


The beginning of the grandiose chamber Art Pop Julia Holter era. Loud City Song feels like a dream. A complex, weird, confusing, yet beautiful dream. Although not as catchy as its 2015 follow up Have You In My Wilderness, Holter manages to create an outstanding balance between Ambient, Art Pop and Modern Classical music and it works so well. With World, a beautiful strings, piano, and harpsichord ballad, as it's opener, it sets the mysterious tone for this album, that gets continued through the ... read more


Julia Holter's Loud City Song is an album I associate with that period right before you fall asleep especially if you are coming down from a high not long prior. I don't know how else to properly describe the feeling.


how can it not be your best album????

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Added on: May 22, 2013