Aviary is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as the cacophony of the mind in a melting world. Out on 26th October via Domino, 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. Maybe it's a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future.
Don't miss Julia Holter in London on her last 2018 date of the Aviary tour.