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Julia Shammas Holter (born December 18, 1984) is an American singer/songwriter, record producer, and classically trained composer. A CalArts graduate, following three independent album productions, Holter released Tragedy as her first official studio album in 2011, followed a year later by Ekstasis. Both albums received considerable acclaim, and propelled the artist into mainstream popularity. Many have compared her style to that of Laurie Anderson.



  • Phaedra Runs to Russia (2007)
  • Eating the Stars (2007)
  • Cookbook (2008)
  • Celebration (2010)
  • Live Recordings (2010)
  • Tragedy (2011)
  • Ekstasis (2012)
  • Loud City Song (2013)
  • Have You in My Wilderness (2015)
  • In the Same Room (2017)
  • Aviary (2018)

This artist provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Celebrity Is Overrated: "Horns Surrounding Me" from Loud City Song explores the media's fascination with celebrity life and its more intrusive extremes.
  • Concept Album:
    • Tragedy is inspired by the play Hippolytus by Euripides.
    • Loud City Song deals with the stresses of urban life and how noise and interaction affect those living in cities.
  • Longest Song Goes Last:
    • Ekstasis closes with "This is Ekstasis" (8:55).
    • Loud City Song closes with "Appearing" (7:16).


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