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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Julia Holter was influenced in part by the birth of her daughter.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 29, 2024
    90
    The results are astoundingly beautiful, like a field recording taken from some uncharted corner of the earth. Elsewhere, the climax at the end of the ominous "Talking To The Whisper" beggars belief, it's a traffic jam of cascading keys, sporadic drumming, serpentine brass and more, an explosion of chaotic sound to conclude one of her best songs ever.
  2. Mar 20, 2024
    90
    By the time we reach closing track Who Brings Me the journey through the cloudscape is complete, sealing an experience that is equal parts head and heart music. It’s an absorbing, cohesive listen that casts fresh light on familiar structures and melds them into new and appealing shapes.
  3. Mar 20, 2024
    90
    There is something about this music that is warming, aqueous, immersive and endlessly engaging. [Mar 2024, p.18]
  4. Mojo
    Mar 20, 2024
    80
    Beautifully elusive. [Apr 2024., p.85]
  5. Mar 22, 2024
    80
    Whether it's the caressing connectedness of "Evening Mood" or the air of pensive devotion on "Who Brings Me," this emotional immediacy makes Something in the Room She Moves an exciting and affecting addition to Holter's body of work.
  6. Mar 21, 2024
    80
    While the songs of Something in the Room She Moves seem to exist in two modes — one buoyant, playful and adventurous, and the other weighty, contemplative and measured — a deeply somatic sense of sound design binds those halves together beautifully.
  7. Mar 25, 2024
    60
    A plethora of found sounds and jazz inflections keep everything compelling. But the hovering, sustained and gliding elements miss the brave sensory overload of Aviary and the pop nous of Wilderness. The best track is the simplest: Meyou, a warped, minimal vocal meditation.

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