It’s only been four months into 2012 but Julia Holter’s Ekstasis is primed to be on many critics’ top 10—no, five—of the year. The album is beautifully crafted dream pop: pastel shades, hushed vocals and twee toy box sounds, which have essentially been the demands of the genre in recent years. But what sets Holter apart, the real ecstasy of the album, is the murky ambient brook runs throughout Ekstasis; she is indebted as much to Mazzy Star’s pop as she is to Windy & Carl’s foggy atmospheres.
This is the newly released video for Julia Holter’s “Moni Mon Amie”.
PS: Forget the egg-headed reviews of the album that reference Heidegger. This is pop, not philosophy.