Over five full-lengths, most recently last year’s masterful double album Aviary, Los Angeles based experimental art pop singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter has emerged as one of the most interesting, compelling, and genre-bending artists in recent memory, moving from electronic-infused bedroom pop to avant-garde and baroque to orchestral-infused, lush, and experimental, along the way earning critical accolades and an organic loyal following. Yet, somehow in her musical travels, Holter has never managed to make it to Nashville, making her Music City debut tonight, July 20 at The Basement East, hot on the heels of a run in Europe, an extra special affair. Holter and her six-piece backing band will receive support from LA-based experimental and ambient pop up and comer Ana Roxanne, whose debut EP, ~~~, just received a proper wide release, and has been resonating strong with critics, and, certainly, will appeal to fans of Holter’s similar aesthetic. Tickets to this special and unique outing are available right here while they last, and you can read on for more about the show!
Born in Wisconsin though largely raised in Los Angeles by a musical family, taking to performing, writing, and classical training from a young age, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer-songwriter, and multimedia artist Julia Holter has had one of the most interesting, prolific, and progressive musical runs in recent memory, transitioning, over five full-lengths, from artsy, intimate, electronic, and ambient bedroom pop to full-on avant-garde, layered, conceptual, sprawling, orchestral, and genre-bending experimental pop with her latest, last year’s double album Aviary. Classically trained in composition, Holter began self-releasing releasing collections of early works, live recordings, and collaborations after her time at CalArts, undertaking a series of interesting, literary, and worldly early projects, and earning some steady initial buzz. 2011’s Tragedy, however, marked Julia’s first proper studio full-length, making a wider ripple in the indie scene, and attracting some promising initial praise from esteemed outlets such as NPR and Pitchfork. Though she’s always aligned with some of the more experimental and artsy sides of electronic and ambient music, collaborating with a variety of artists like Nite Jewel and Ducktails, Holter’s earlier releases, including 2012 sophomore effort Ekstasis, were infused with a more intimate, bedroom pop aesthetic and largely recorded alone, showcasing her strong compositional ability and artistic prowess (and also her affinity for Greek literature). By 2013’s Loud City Song, her first release for buzzworthy label Domino, Julia had begun to work with additional backing players, gravitating towards a more lush, dreamy, baroque pop sound informed by her classical background. 2015’s Have You in My Wilderness took even more creative and experimental leaps, and paved the way for Aviary, which feels like the most stunning, uninhibited, inspired, and most fully-realized creative distillation of Holter’s career thus far. It’s shocking she hasn’t made it to Nashville before now, but there’s never been a better time to see Julia Holter in person- don’t miss out!
Born and raised in Oakland, California to immigrant parents, and now based in Los Angeles, ambient, lo-fi, experimental, and electronic pop artist Ana Roxanne actually recorded and released her debut EP, ~~~, in secret back in 2015, but only earlier this year saw it receive an official, widespread proper release through producer Matthewdavid’s Leaving Records. After discovering a love for singing through listening to her mother’s collection of CDs from ’80s and ’90s pop divas, Ana got her start in Catholic church choir, before going on to study jazz and classic music in school, crediting performing at Midwestern cathedrals with her college choir as first helping her understand and appreciate the healing power of music, which has informed her devotional style since (also bolstered by a subsequent near-death experience). Ana credits her early discovery of Alicia Keys, a trip to India to study the structures and performance of classical Hindustani music (and a subsequent enrollment in Mills College, where she began writing an experimenting on analog synthesizers), and a recent decision to come out as intersex, as prompting her shift from jazz to pop music, forging a style fused with captivating, ambient soundscapes, mesmerizing and hushed vocals, electronic flourish, and a spiritual devotion, making Roxanne a seriously compelling and essential musical newcomer, and a perfect compliment to Julia Holter. Show up early!
Julia Holter and Ana Roxanne will perform tonight, July 20 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.