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Julia Holter Debut New Zealand Show Announced

Julia Holter Debut New Zealand Show Announced

Friday 26th October, 2018 1:00PM

LA pop experimentalist Julia Holter is heading our way with live band for her first ever show in Aotearoa, with a headline event lined up at Auckland's Tuning Fork this January. Holter's sonically adventurous collections including 2012's landmark album Ekstasis (RVNG Int.) and 2015's Have You in My Wilderness (Domino) have garnered significant critical acclaim, leading to a cover feature on The Wire magazine and The Quietus to say of her live events “anyone acquainted with Holter's live performances will be well aware of their uniqueness, variety, rearrangement and paradoxical sense of highly controlled spontaneity – always leaving room for her tremendously flexible band to improvise on a whim.”

Along with today's tour announcement Holter has unveiled her fifth studio album Aviary, a kaleidoscopic fifteen track collection leading listeners through what the artist describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” Check out the show details and stream Aviary below...

UPDATE 29/11/18: Ryan McPhun of The Ruby Suns will play a solo set in support of Julia Holter's Auckland show...

Julia Holter (with full band) w/ Ryan McPhun (solo The Ruby Suns)
Thursday 24th January - Tuning Fork, Auckland

Press release:

Although Julia Holter’s name often sits alongside other great contemporary songwriters, Courtney Barnett, Angel Olsen and Sharon van Etten, Holter has carved out her own unique place with her music being described as “art pop’, “Baroque pop” and attracting more direct comparisons to Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom and Stereolab.

Holter’s new album, Aviary, is released today as she announces her first visit to New Zealand for January 24th, 2019 at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Her fifth album is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” Out on Domino / Universal in NZ, it’s the Los Angeles composer’s most breathtakingly expansive album yet, full of startling turns and dazzling instrumental arrangements. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 record, Have You in My Wilderness, it takes as its starting point a line from a 2009 short story by writer Etel Adnan: "I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds."

“Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation,” says Holter. “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."


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Julia Holter
Thu 24th Jan 8:00pm
The Tuning Fork, Auckland