Julia Holter Shares Video for New Song “Words I Heard”

Aviary Due Out October 26 via Domino

Oct 17, 2018 Photography by Dicky Bahto
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Julia Holter is releasing a new album, Aviary, on October 26 via Domino. Previously she shared a video for its first single, "I Shall Love 2" (which was our #1 Song of the Week). Now she has shared another new song from the album, "Words I Heard," also via a video. Dicky Bahto directed the video, which features abstract color images of nature intercut with black & white footage of Holter recording in the studio. Watch it below, followed by Holter's upcoming tour dates.

Aviary was initially inspired by a line from a 2009 short story by writer Etel Adnan: "I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds." A previous press release pointed out that it's a good metaphor for the daily bad news cycle we currently find ourselves in, especially in the modern political climate. "Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation," Holter elaborated in the press release. "I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person - how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace. Maybe it's a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future."

Holter later added: "In a lot of the songs, when I mention love, it's about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested."

Bahto had this to say about the "Words I Heard" video in a press release: "When Julia told me that the title of her album was inspired by Etel Adnan, one of my favorite writers, I felt that I had to make a film for one of the songs on Mount Tamalpais, a recurring subject in both Adnan's visual art and her writing. I filmed on a few hikes down the Dipsea trail, and in the last section of the song combine this with footage made during the studio sessions of the album."

The Los Angeles-based artist released her fantastic fourth full-length album, Have You in My Wilderness, in 2015 via Domino (it made it to #4 on our Top 100 Albums of 2015 list). Since then she released the 2016 score for boxing drama Bleed For This, 2017's In the Same Room, featuring her previous songs re-recorded live in the studio, and in January shared a new song, "So Humble the Afternoon," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Program (it isn't featured on the new album, but was one of our Songs of the Week).

Cole MGN executive produced Aviary, which was produced by Holter and Kenny Gilmore. The album also features Corey Fogel (percussion), Devin Hoff (bass), Dina Maccabee (violin, viola, vocals), Sarah Belle Reid (trumpet), Andrew Tholl (violin), and Tashi Wada (synth, bagpipes). Dicky Bahto directed the "I Shall Love 2" video and took Holter's press photos. When describing Aviary, the press release says the album "combines Holter's slyly theatrical vocals and Blade Runner-inspired synth work with an enveloping palette of strings and percussion that reveals itself, and the boundless scope of her vision, over the course of 15 songs."

Read our 2015 interview with Holter.

Julia Holter Tour Dates:

2018:

Nov 24 - Explore The North Festival, Leeuwarden
Nov 26 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam
Nov 27 - Schauspiel, Bochum, Germany
Nov 28 - De Roma, Antwerp
Nov 30 - Funkhaus, Berlin
Dec 1 - Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
Dec 2 - Brotfabrik, Frankfurt
Dec 3 - Kammerspiele, Munich
Dec 5 - Petit Bain, Paris
Dec 6 - Gorilla, Manchester
Dec 7 - Fiddlers, Bristol
Dec 8 - Button Factory, Dublin
Dec 10 - Summerhall, Edinburgh
Dec 11 - Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds
Dec 12 - Hackney Arts Centre, London

2019:

Feb 19 - U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
Feb 20 - Underground Arts, Philadelphia
Feb 22 - Warsaw, New York
Feb 23 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston
Feb 24 - La Sala Rossa, Montreal
Feb 26 - The Great Hall, Toronto
Feb 27 - El Club, Detroit
Feb 28 - Thalia Hall, Chicago
Mar 1 - Turf Club, St. Paul
Mar 4 - Imperial, Vancouver
Mar 5 - Doug Fir, Portland
Mar 6 - Neumos, Seattle
Mar 8 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
Mar 9 - Lodge Room, Los Angeles

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