The accolades continue for CalArts alumna composer Julia Holter's (Music/IM MFA 09) 2013 album, Loud City Song. The monthly non-mainstream music magazine, The Wire, recently listed the record as #1 of its Top 50 Releases of 2013. The list, which was based on 317 albums, ranked the best releases from genres ranging from hip-hop to psychedelic rock.
In addition, the record was ranked as #5 out of 799 albums released in 2013 on Album of the Year (AotY), a site that aggregates year-end album rankings from 15 music blogs and magazines.
Below are are three critics' comments on Holter's latest album from AotY:
Consequence of Sound:
Loud City Song is a sightseeing trip with a person fully able to portray the objective beauty of the sights, as well as her own take on them.All Music:
Loud City Song is Holter's most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter
Don’t let the singular beauty of Loud City Song fool you. Holter may write stunning pop-tinged songs, but she’s an experimental artist through and through.
Above is music video for Horns Surrounding Me, from Loud City Song.