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Julia Holter On Screaming In Music & Dante's Inferno

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Julia Holter crafts some of the most vital modern compositions today, and her upcoming LP Have You In My Wilderness is awaited with much anticipation here. Holter has just written a short piece for The Experimental Music Yearbook about her experience listening to artist and musician Laura Steenberge‘s incredible vocal-heavy composition based on Dante’s Inferno (which you can stream above). It’s a thoughtful read on screaming as an art form:

“When she sings softly, using the bass as a counterpart, the stagnated lost “scream” is paralyzing and foreboding, and in the extreme places where she can no longer hold a pure pitch, we feel all the harsh terror of one facing either eternal hopelessness or eternal heavenly light. I think facing eternal heavenly light is pretty scary actually, right?”

Gotta concur. Holter also just dropped a brand new track from the aforementioned LP—stream “Sea Calls Me Home” below.


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