Domino – October 26th

I’ve never been quite sure whether Julia Holter is first and foremost an experimental musician with a preternatural gift for melody or a more traditional songwriter operating with a weird set of tools. Aviary certainly lands on the more ‘out there’ end of the spectrum, but don’t be surprised if she doesn’t stay there for long.

‘I Shall Love 2’ – the album’s lead single, and the only real candidate for the role – puts Holter’s poignant melodic gifts on display to their fullest, but the rest of Aviary prioritises atmosphere over accessibility, presenting over an hour and a half of mini epics of strings, piano and ghostly vocals to get lost in or tell to get lost, depending on your stomach for this sort of thing.

Buy: Julia Holter – Aviary

Live: EartH on December 12th