Boomkat Product Review:
Julia Holter's transcendent pop music reaches heavenly levels in her sophomore Domino album after a brace of gush-worthy sides.
Now a by-word for sophisticated song-writing and lush, oneiric atmospheres, Julia Holter continues to refine and temper the inward/outward momentum carried from 'Tragedy' (2011) thru 'Ekstasis' (2012) and 'Loud City Song' (2013) into this flawlessly poised suite, produced by go-to West Coast genius Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Nite Jewel, Beck) and starring many of the same musicians who have travelled with her over the years.
As demonstrated in lead-up singles, 'Feel You' and 'Sea Calls Me Home', there's a dash of deceptively louche, Gainsbourg-ian funk to much of the proceedings, resting a rainbow of vocal styles on shuffling breakbeats and symphonic strings with a classically smoky, cinematic vibe.
It works most impressively, for us at least, in the free-floating jazz-pop of 'Vasquez', which could almost be Leslie Winer produced by mid '90s Carl Craig, and also in the wondrous convection of cascading strings, cowbells and keys in 'Lucette Stranded On The Island', or the star-sailing skip of 'Everytime Boots', and most surprisingly with the curiously clipped, teasing diction of 'Silhouette'.
Apart from the misprinted tracklist on the jacket (and that's hardly a gripe), this is an immaculate pop album; infectiously cool, joyful and grown-up.