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Julia Holter

Aviary is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” It’s the Los Angeles composer’s most breathtakingly expansive album yet, full of startling turns and dazzling instrumental arrangements. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 record, Have You in My Wilderness, it takes as its starting point a line from a 2009 short story by writer Etel Adnan: “I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds.” It’s a scenario that sounds straight out of a horror movie, but it’s also a pretty good metaphor for life in 2018, with its endless onslaught of political scandals, freakish natural disasters, and voices shouting their desires and resentments into the void.

“Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it’s hard to find one’s foundation,” says Holter. “I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person – how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace. “In a lot of the songs, when I mention love, it’s about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested,” Holter says. In Aviary’s case, that search for sweetness – that bridging of the gulf – becomes a metaphor for the creative process itself, cutting through the hierarchies of history, language, and musical form to offer something more fluid, more inclusive, more idiosyncratic.

“Holter subverted expectations with this disarming 90-minute maximalist assault, featuring bagpipes, Tibetan Buddhist chanting, medieval tradition and a good semester’s worth of literary references. There remains, true to form, beauty in the chaos she conjures”

The Guardian Albums of the Year

“A unique haze of avant-pop filtered through utterly adventurous modern classicism”

Q Albums of the Year

“It’s a compendium of mysteries”

The New York Times

“Unfettered, cathartic, magnificent”

Uncut Albums of the Year

“Pure stately beauty”

Sunday Times Culture
Tue 4Jun

Julia Holter (14+)Glee Club Birmingham

Julia returns to Glee Brum touring her Aviary album
All under 25s may be asked to produce valid ID (See FAQ's)
Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show.

Advance price

  • £16.00 Show Entry
  • + £1.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:00 PM
  • Last entry 7:45 PM

More info

  • Seating type standing
  • Food available no
  • Minimum age 14