Olive Goil: Julia Holter

My, oh my, oh my, my dears!

Do you know how there are moments when you hear a song and the sound of it tears you in two?  Just shatters your little ‘ol heart? The first time I heard the sweet, sweet voice of Julia Holter I felt just that, a sharp splinter glass break in the my chest that moved me in a way I can’t explain.

I know – you think I’m exaggerating. But I am not, my darlings, I swear!

I admit, I may be a bit of a drama queen at times, but take a listen to Miss Holter and I dare you not to feel the same!

The lovely young Julia graduated from prestigious CalArts with a degree in composition (Yes! She is a smarty pants!). Her first album, Tragedy, was released in 2011 and her second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012.  Both are shimmering, angelic masterworks of synthesizer and electronica and experimental musings and oh dear readers, again, I must say it again – that voice!

Holter sounds like she has just swooped down from above, all diamond bright and beautiful!

Listen my dears… and feel your heart break, in a good way…

Olive Loves: Kimbra

Let’s shake a tail feather my dears, step out on the dance floor and show them what we’ve got. There’s nothing like a pure pop song, a melody you can’t get out of your head and a rhythm that makes you take to your feet. I have claimed before to love to dance and no one right now makes me dance more than Kimbra.

A young gal from the far away climes of New Zealand, Kimbra has been making music since she was a wee lass. She won a contest in her home country when she was still a teen and from there on in ,she’s been rising up, up, up.

Put your ear to the ground and you’re be sure to hear, somewhere near and somewhere soon, her sweet high voice matched with simply irresistible melodies – fun, catchy tunes that are cozily familiar yet still beautifully all her own.

Kimbra, in addition to her song and dance chops, also sports an utterly invincible stage style, a cross between Snow White and a Twenties silent screen star, all black hair and bangs and wide, giant dolls eyes and pretty pouty lips.

Miss Kimbra is that rare bird, lovely and talented and on the rise – so let’s all look up… and watch her fly.