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Julia Holter Announces New Album “Something In The Room She Moves” out March 22nd via Domino & New Single and Video “Spinning”

January 10, 2024
Photo credit: Camille Blake

Julia Holter

Announces new album Something in the Room She Moves out March 22nd
Releases new single “Spinning”
Live dates confirmed including London’s EartH + London playback event

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and composer Julia Holter announces her sixth studio album Something in the Room She Moves, out March 22nd on Domino. Holter’s past work has often explored memory and dreamlike future, but her latest album resides more in presence: “There’s a corporeal focus, inspired by the complexity and transformability of our bodies,” she says. Her production choices and arrangements form a continuum of fretless electric bass pitches in counterpoint with gliding vocal melodies, while glissing Yamaha CS-60 lines entwine warm winds and reeds. “I was trying to create a world that’s fluid-sounding, waterlike, evoking the body’s internal sound world,” Holter says of herflowing harmonic universe.
Holter shares her new single “Spinning” alongside today’s announcement. “Spinning” is the album’s incantatory centerpiece; “What is delicious and what is omniscient?” she sings, “What is the circular magic I’m visiting?” Holter says, “It’s about being in the passionate state of making something: being in that moment, and what is that moment?”
“Spinning” comes via a video directed by Giraffe Studios.

What a mammoth release, commencing with these playful electronic beats becoming the foundation for the complex structure. Julia’s delicate and impressive vocal range comes into effect and harnesses this captivating beauty. The bounce is key throughout the passages, the melody and the shifting intensity.

Julia Holter can produce such mighty creations, voluminous, and yet they embrace this intimacy through the size of the tonalities and the expressive detail of the exploration. The new single pride this delicate nature, intimate and raw. The vocals sit as if they are reaching out to you only.

“Spinning” follows the previously released single “Sun Girl,” hailed as “a blissed-out blur, a meandering, neo-psychedelic ramble” (New York Times), “a swirling piece of psychedelia that smears the boundary between illusion and reality” (Pitchfork), and a “melted kaleidoscope of a song” (The Guardian).

Recent years brought about for Julia Holter an existential focus on human connection, amid the staggering change that came with the death of loved ones (including her young nephew, to whom the album is dedicated) and the birth of her daughter. On Something in the Room She Moves, Holter vividly processes the complexity, gravity, and awe of this confluence of experience. She calls the music “sensual,” “flowing,” and “nocturnal” – a testament to how love, with all of its challenges, “reroutes neural pathways.” The cover art by Holter’s childhood friend, artist Christina Quarles, highlights the multiplicity of intimate connection: are the figures embracing or in battle? 
The title Something in the Room She Moves came to Holter spontaneously as she was naming the Logic project file for an early demo of what would become the album’s title track on her computer for the first time. Coincidentally, a few months later, she found herself mesmerized by the eight-hour Beatles documentary Get Back in 2021. Her titular phrase flips the gaze of the Beatles lyrics (“Something in the way she moves…”); the woman is no longer passively observed, but actively augmenting space. Holter has loved the Beatles since childhood, but sees the title less as a tribute than as a semi-surreal bit of automatic writing from her subconscious. (She had been singing Beatles tunes to her daughter at night.)

After a string of dream pop albums that established her searching voice in independent music—from 2012 breakthrough Ekstasis to Loud City Song and Have You in My Wilderness—Holter released the sprawling and thrillingly experimental Aviary in 2018. Since then, she has scored films like Never Rarely Sometimes Always, performed a commissioned live score for The Passion of Joan of Arc with the Chorus of Opera North, and collaborated with her partner, the musician Tashi Wada, who plays synth and bagpipes on her new album. Something in the Room She Moves is a remarkable progression in Holter’s oeuvre, synthesizing her free, improvisatory energy with her signature eloquence.

Julia Holter has confirmed a European tour for April including London’s EartH Theatre; additionally, fans can pre-order Something in the Room She Moves for a chance to hear the album in full and in Dolby Atmos surround sound at a private London location on February 1st alongside a Q&A with Julia Holter. Limited space available, winners will be informed with RSVP via email. Available to UK pre-orders only.

Album artwork by Christina Quarles

1. Sun Girl
2. These Morning
3. Something in the Room She Moves
4. Materia
5. Meyou
6. Spinning
7. Ocean
8. Evening Mood
9. Talking to the Whisper
10. Who Brings Me

Something in the Room She Moves is available to pre-order on DomMart-edition clear vinyl with a doubled sided poster/lyric sheet and signed photo, as well as indies-edition red translucent vinyl, LP, CD and digitally. DomMartDigital

Upcoming events
Thursday 1st February – The Gallery at Tileyard, London – album playback in Dolby Atmos and Q&A with Julia Holter

Upcoming live shows
Sunday 7th April – Variations Festival, Nantes
Tuesday 9th April – EartH Theatre, London
Wednesday 10th April – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels
Friday 12th April – Colosseum, Berlin
Friday 3rd May – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 4th May – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Monday 6th May – Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Tuesday 7th May – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Friday 10th May – Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday 11th May – Outset, Chicago, IL
Monday 13th May – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
Tuesday 14th May – Le Belmont, Montreal, QC
15th May – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
17th May – Webster Hall, New York, NY
18th May – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
19th May – The Atlantis, Washington, DC
Tuesday 21st May – Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC
Wednesday 22nd May – Masquerade (Purgatory), Atlanta, GA


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