Not that we’ll need to tell you this, but Julia Holter’s lush Ekstasis has been a firm FACT favourite this year.
A new collaboration with Jib Kidder, clocked by Playground, suggests that her musical vision is equally beguiling when applied to somebody else’s material. If you’ve not encountered him before, Jib Kidder makes irrepressible sample-based psychedelica (head over to his Bandcamp for countless examples). ‘My Baby’ is a reconfiguration of Kidder’s ‘Ringtone Cowboy’, taken from his imminent LP Steal Guitars.
On Ekstasis, Holter flitted from idiom to idiom: she’d strike a Nico pose on one track, ventriloquise Donna Summer on the next. On ‘My Baby’, she has a go at channeling classic Motown. Her lyrics are lovestruck and wistful – “I can’t find my baby anywhere” – and Kidder’s instrumental bears the footprints of Nancy Sinatra’s boots. The woozy video accentuates the song’s oneiric qualities. Expect vintage footage of hippies, cars exploding and a polar bear. An unheimlich pop treat.