Holter and band at Barboza
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Holter and band at Barboza in May

As reported by former Seattleite Carla DeSantis Black, LA vocalist and keyboard virtuoso Julia Holter will be opening a few dates for Sigur Rós this August after she wraps up her European tour (now based in Austin, DeSantis Black was the editor of ROCKRGRL Magazine). I wrote about Holter's last Seattle show here.

Holter is also working on a new record to be called Gigi. Aside from the fact that her latest, Ekstasis, features a song titled "Moni Mon Amie" and that she named another after Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad, I'm going to assume that her love of French culture extends to Leslie Caron, star of Vincente Minnelli's Gigi.

Tour dates and Naomi Yang-directed video below.

Musician/director Naomi Yang (Damon & Naomi) is a former member of Galaxie 500.

States Yang, "I was intrigued by the lyric in the chorus: 'If you call out, I will follow.' It didn't seem to me that it was a statement of devotion addressed to a lover, but more about Julia listening for inner direction. When I mentioned this idea to Julia, she emphatically agreed. She said that she often thinks of her music as something that is inside her, almost like an intuition that she allows to lead her." Personally, I prefer Holter's Miranda July-like video for "Moni Mon Amie," but I admire her ongoing quest for unusual ideas and creative collaborations.

8/08 Paramount, Seattle, WA
8/09 Edgefield, Portland, OR
8/12 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Since she appears to have developed an attraction to Seattle, Holter will be returning on September 6 for the Hopscotch Festival and September 29 for the Midpoint Music Festival. Maybe she'll run into Father John Misty at the LA date.