Holter, Julia – “Loud City Song” – [Domino Records]
Always quirky, sometimes sultry songs from this L.A. singer/songwriter. She has been compared to Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, and others; maybe so but I think it’s closer to the quirkiness of someone like Karen Mantler. I also hear the drama of Scott Walker and with all the lush, floaty keyboards (played by Holter) it even dips the occasional toe into Julee Cruise territory. Did I say floaty? Well, her version of Barbara Lewis’s old hit “Hello Stranger” sounds like it’s made of clouds; it’s brilliant. I’m not familiar with most of the musicians on here but I do recognize the names Devin Hoff (bass) and Chris Speed (saxophone.) This CD grew on me more and more with each listen.
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