Julia Holter's new track "Words I Heard" is the second single from her forthcoming fifth album Aviary.
The stunning string-led "Words I Heard" follows on from first single "I Shall Love 2".
Holter's forthcoming record's starting point was inspired by Etel Adnan's Journey to Mount Tamalpais, particularly one passage, "Tall trees of so many kinds, from redwoods to manzanitas, oaks, madrones, maples and elms, plants and bushes, flowers and seeds, acorns and grass, they all are the last chance of the earth and they all make a thick and permanent coat, a cover, a bath of perfume, a touch of healing, a royal procession, music and fanfare, they rise and talk to Tamalpais, and sing lullabies and songs of love."
"Words I Heard" sees Holter team up with frequent collaborator Dicky Bahto. On the new visuals, Bahto explains, "When Julia told me that the title of her album was inspired by Etel Adnan, one of my favorite writers, I felt that I had to make a film for one of the songs on Mount Tamalpais, a recurring subject in both Adnan's visual art and her writing. I filmed on a few hikes down the Dipsea trail, and in the last section of the song combine this with footage made during the studio sessions of the album.”
Expanding on her forthcoming record, Holter comments, "Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation. I think this album is reflecting that feeling of cacophony and how one responds to it as a person - how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace. Maybe it’s a matter of listening to and gathering the seeming madness, of forming something out of it and envisioning a future.”
Aviary will be Holter's first album since 2015's Have You In My Wilderness.