Julia Holter - Tragedy (4 stars)

Celestial drones, mesmeric synths, ambient noise and unearthly vocals

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Julia Holter - Tragedy

(Night School)

Perhaps you read that album title and started hollering the Bee Gees song or god forbid, Steps. Thank the stars, then, for LA composer and minimalist pop diviner Julia Holter, who will banish your garish disco horrors with celestial drones, mesmeric synths, ambient noise and unearthly vocals.

Tragedy is Holter’s official debut and is now enjoying a full-release after a limited run last year (and a sublime follow-up in last month’s Ekstasis). Unfurling itself as a suite based around Euripides’ ancient Greek play Hippolytus, and featuring wonder-filled track titles like ‘Try To Make Yourself a Work of Art’, this fascinating, capricious LP proves that while she may be a contemporary of Nite Jewel and Ariel Pink, there is no one quite like Holter.

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