Julia Holter | 08/07/13

Image: Loud City Song

Julia Holter is set to release Loud City Song in just over two weeks - August 20. ‘Maxim’s I’ is the third glimpse of this record to be shared by the Los Angeles-based artist – following the spectral, stark opening track ‘World’ and the gracefully euphoric lead single ‘In The Green Wild’.

’Maxim's I’ is one half of a pair that forms the centerpiece of the album that revolves around the search for truth and love amidst a culture that can be alienating in its superficiality. The song is named after the storied Maxim’s restaurant in Paris prominently featured in the musical Gigi, which served as an inspiration for the themes and settings of Loud City Song.

Suspended between dream and nightmare, ‘Maxim’s I’ sees Holter recreate a key scene from the musical in which Gigi enters the bustling Maxim’s only to be greeted with complete silence as the restaurant’s patrons gaze at her judgmentally: “They’re all looking at her voyeuristically and gossiping about her,” explains Holter on the way the scene inspired her to draw parallels with the modern social mores of her native LA. “It intrigued me on a lot of levels – that social atmosphere, the elaborate costumes, and the theatrical movement."

Holter wanted to present ‘Maxim's I’, the heart of the record, alongside Rick Bahto's behind-the-scenes photographs of the making of it, with all of its participants shown hard at work--the musicians, producer, engineer, and everyone else who contributed to it. So Bahto (also responsible for the record’s cover art) created a filmic "photo gallery" to the song.


Loud City Song is Holter’s third full length release in as many years – following 2011’s groundbreaking debut Tragedy and last year’s follow-up, the critically-lauded Ekstasis

After recently touring the US and Canada in July, including a performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL (watch ‘In The Green Wild’ from her set HERE), Holter has announced new North American dates including a hometown Los Angeles release show at First Unitarian Church on September 11. Find all dates below. 

08-08 Haldern-Rees, Germany - Haldern Pop
08-09 Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Summerfest
08-10 Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West
08-11 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08-13 Ghent, Belgium - DOK
08-14 Saint Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival
08-16 Brecon Beacons, Wales - Green Man Festival
08-17 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival
08-20 London, England - Cecil Sharp House
09-11 Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church *
09-12 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
09-14 Portland, OR - Holocene *
09-15 Seattle, WA - Barboza *
09-16 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
09-20 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
09-21 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern *
09-24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09-26 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
11-12 Brighton, UK - Komedia
11-13 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
11-14 Leeds, UK - Howard Assembly Hall
11-15 Liverpool, UK - Leaf
11-16 Bristol, UK - The Cube
11-17 Dublin, IE - Dublin Unitarian Church
11-19 Dublin, IE - Whelans
11-20 Glasgow, UK - CCA

* with Nedelle Torrisi