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Julia Holter – Maria – Digital
HEMK0020

  • Tracks

    • Maria (after Lyudmila Gurchenko)
    • 2FB (orig. Bryan Ferry)
    • A Gold Thunder
    • Für Felix
    • In the Same Room
    • Je Vivroie Liement
    • Minerals
    • Moni Mon Amie
    • Monocular Eyes

16bit - €6.00


The song "Maria" is part of Julia Holter's "Phonetic Translations" series, in which she interprets global kitsch music by translating foreign word-sounds into surreal poetry in her native tongue, English.

Holter sourced Maria from a Soviet television program she discovered on YouTube. The original performer, Lyudmila Gurchenko, was a popular Soviet and Russian actress, singer and entertainer. Gurchenko, indeed, had a daughter named Maria, though it is not certain if she wrote the song for her daughter.

**Digital version includes the entire 7" plus download EP contents, as described below.**

HEM's new 7" features side-by-side lyrics in the original Russian, and in Holter's phonetically-translated English, both printed on the vinyl's innersleeve.

Side B holds a Roxy Music tune covered back in 2009 on KDVS radio. One of Holter's first live performances, this set was commissioned by the KDVS radio program "Phoning it In". Hosted by Nadav Carmel, the program hosts artists who literally "phone it in" to the radio station's telephone switchboard. HEM's hefty restoration duties were to reveal the tones of Holter's Fender Rhodes and vocals, using source material that originated solely from her cell phone.

Orders of the 7" Vinyl include a download code to redeem for the entire KDVS Radio set in 24bit and Mp3 formats.