Julia Holter AviaryA lush crescendo of sound opens up Aviary, a signpost for the grandness that pervades the sixth record from Julia Holter.

As a leading figure in baroque pop, Holter embraces the unknown in brand new ways on this album, immersing the listener in her world via some dazzling improvisation. Songs such as Chaitius and Why Sad Song are some of her most ambitious works to date, seeing the musician adapt a medieval Occitan troubadour song and a Buddhist Nepalese song, respectively. Voce Simul offers an ambient detour before a choir breaks through, and Colligere induces a contemplative mood.

Holter has created her own universe with Aviary, a place in which the fantastical is embraced and the euphoric emphasised.

Aviary is out now via Domino.

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