‘Have You In My Wlderness’, the latest album by Julia Holter, has almost universally been described by reviewers as being more ‘accessible’ than her past experimental works. This always worries me. It’s similar to when people encourage you to read a book by saying it’s an ‘easy read’ – as if the act of reading is somehow a chore in itself, a means to an end. For me the act of listening to music is an enjoyment in itself, regardless of whether the song is catchy (or the book has a gripping plot). It’s whether it is well written or sonically interesting that matters.
Anyway, Silhouette from the album is a lovely song, elevated to greatness in its final minute when it takes off into soaring Slowdive-esque cathedrals of sound.
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