If you loaded a now extinct compact disc player with Beach House and the music of Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday), the speakers would automatically start playing Julia Holter’s latest album “Ekstasis.” Holter wrote the album over a three year time period in Los Angeles California. She got her formal education at the California Institute of the Arts and studied under Michael Pisario of Wandelweiser. Additionally, Holter spent time in India singing with harmonium under guru Pashupati nath Mishra. Ekstasis is a beautiful album filled with many different textures and lyrics that challenge listeners to think about the unknown and concepts which they might not fully understand.
“All of these fleeting images and muses are so important,” says Holter. “As with the manuscripts, when I see them, I hear voices. I am continually following the voices in the gold leaf. I can’t know them, but I will follow their beautiful song.” If you enjoy the experience of taking lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to expand your mind, Ekstasis will help guide you to places you might not have ever imagined or cared to think about previously. DISCLAIMER: Drunken Choir does not claim or condone the use of illegal substances for recreational use. Please listen responsibly. One of the things I find most interesting about Holter and her music is that she writes and records everything herself in a home studio.
I mainly wanted to point that out because there is an idea that home studio quality is not sonically up to par with that of a big recording studio such as Electric Ladyland in New Nork or Dark Horse in Nashville. I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of technical details, but I believe that with the current home recording technology combined with a professional mastering engineer, just about anyone who has enough time and passion can get the sounds they want into their own musical endeavours. Obviously this poses just as many positive aspects as it does negative, however Juliana Holter’s album Ekstasis is a perfect example of what everyone with a home studio can aspire to.