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Moulding Voices: Julia Holter's Favourite Albums
Gary Kaill , September 23rd, 2015 09:22

From a girl group compilation heard in childhood to more recently discovered singer-songwriters and jazz via a medieval mass, the LA composer talks Gary Kaill through some key albums in her record collection


Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
I just love that record. It was so beautifully done on every level - the arrangements are really incredible. Her writing, the storytelling is wonderful - she captures these scenes. She has a very casual way of expressing herself and it's very romantic: romantic in a literary way, like the romantic writers. She uses these long descriptions and paints a picture really well. But I think what really got me was the arrangements. The arrangements are so incredible, they're so economical; every instrument comes in when it's needed and then steps away.

The texture is always changing. You know how arrangements can be kinda blocky? That's never the case here. I think she worked on them with Ryan Francesconi. They're sometimes very sparse, the percussion is incredible. I don't know how to explain it… I don't know, even the packaging is beautiful. Yeah. Love it.