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As the title of her new two song single might imply, Julia Holter is making yet another abrasive and beautiful introduction.

Both of the songs off her new EP ‘Hello Stranger’ are bleeding with ephemeral desperation and a permanent ache, though the torment is all sweet. Holter, with three albums under her belt, is easily and deliberately becoming a master of writing songs which coat dreamy pop with elements of electronica and haunting vocals. There is an ever-present sound to Holter’s music that resonates tightly with the nostalgia of avant-garde jazz but is refreshingly modern and relevant.

“Hello Stranger” is a whole ocean bottled in a song. There are waves after waves of soundscapes that are gorgeously morbid and remind you the lawlessness of missing someone. “Don’t Make Me Over” is a cover of the original 1962 Dionne Warwick song and is an instant showstopper. An ode to uncompromising love, the song swings from a hushed secret to an uproar of playful admission. It’s a whirlpool of confessional intimacy coupled with fervent and catchy instrumentals that make for a visionary piece.

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