Julia Holter unveils 'Les Jeux To You' video

Julia Holter unveils 'Les Jeux To You' video

Aviary, Julia Holter’s fifth record, released at the end of last year, took as its starting point a quote from writer Etel Adnan: "I found myself in an aviary full of shrieking birds". The resulting double album took listeners on an epic journey, guiding them through the cacophony of our world, whilst Holter explored how one responds to that feeling as a person - how one behaves, how one looks for love, for solace.

As she embarks on a full North American tour with the 6-piece Aviary band, Holter is pleased to share the new video for ‘Les Jeux To You’. Like several of the songs on Aviary, ‘Les Jeux To You’ references love and when Holter mentions love, “it’s about a seeking for compassion and humility in a world where it feels like empathy is always being tested”.

Directed by Geneva Jacuzzi, Geneva said of the process:

“After I heard ‘Les Jeux to You’, images from Fando Y Lis, a film that has always haunted me, flooded my mind and I knew we had to reimagine it. Set in a dystopian future past, the two lovers escape to a mythical city and along the way are confronted with both terrifying figures of the unconscious and joyful memories of the past that accelerate a descent into madness. As a female artist, I felt the need to explore the anima of this myth and reinscribe the imagery as a mode of empowerment of the feminine directorial gaze.

I knew it would be a challenge because it is a controversial film, but it was particularly unsettling to read the recent allegations against its director Alejandro Jodorowsky shortly after we made the video. It made me think more about the project and ultimately reinforced my original intention of reframing the work as a complex and nuanced take on the psychology of self-destructive relationships.

There is a mysterious essence to this story, a sort of psycho-spiritual unravelling that I connect to the surrealist poetry of Julia's lyrics and music.”

Additionally, Julia Holter has announced new live dates for UK and Europe including Primavera, Field Day and Roskilde festivals as well as headline shows.

Upcoming live dates

19th Feb - U Street Music Hall, Washington DC Tickets *

20th Feb - Underground Arts, Philadelphia Tickets *

22nd Feb - Warsaw, New York Tickets *

23rd Feb - Brighton Music Hall, Boston Tickets *

24th Feb - La Sala Rossa, Montreal Tickets *

26th Feb - The Great Hall, Toronto Tickets *

27th Feb - El Club, Detroit Tickets *

28th Feb - Thalia Hall, Chicago Tickets *

1st Mar  - Turf Club, St. Paul Tickets *

4th Mar  - Imperial, Vancouver Tickets ^

5th Mar  - Doug Fir, Portland Tickets ^

6th Mar  - Neumos, Seattle Tickets ^

8th Mar  - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco Tickets ^

9th Mar  - Lodge Room, Los Angeles Tickets ^

10th Mar – The Loft, San Diego State University, San Diego Tickets ^

* Support from Jessica Moss

^ Support from Tess Roby


27th May - Centro Cultural Villa Flor, Guimaraes Tickets

28th May - Teatro Municipal de Guarda, Guarda Tickets

29th May – ZDB @ Capitólio, Lisbon Tickets

31st May – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona Tickets

2nd June - Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek Tickets

3rd June - The Old Market, Brighton Tickets

4th June - Glee Club, Birmingham Tickets

7th June - Field Day Festival, London Tickets

8th June - Vilette Sonique, Paris Tickets

9th June - Rotondes, Luxembourg Tickets

12th June - Bergen Festival, Bergen Tickets

13th June - Piknik I Parken, Oslo Tickets

16th June - Traumzeit Festival, Duisburg Tickets

17th June - Manufaktur, Schörndorf Tickets

20th June - Rosengarten, Linz Tickets

21st June - WUK, Vienna Tickets

23rd June - Magnolia, Milan Tickets

24th June - Cortile Castello Estense, Ferrara Tickets

25th June - Kaufleuten, Zurich Tickets

26th June - Südpol, Lucerne Tickets

29th June - Halfway Festival, Bialystok Tickets

29th June – 6th July - Roskilde Festival, Roskilde Tickets

Aviary is available to buy on Dom-Mart exclusive deluxe LP (2 x heavyweight clear vinyl, photo print and booklet), standard LP, double CD and digitally. Buy: Dom Mart | Digital | Stream