Julia Holter announces stateside reissue of debut album Tragedy, covers Dionne Warwick for new single

Julia Holter announces stateside reissue of debut album Tragedy, covers Dionne Warwick for new single

Julia Holter, the classically-trained philo-dream-pop chanteuse behind one of our favorite albums last year, has announced a new double A-side single. It includes a cover of Bacharach and David’s “Don’t Make Me Over,” a song made famous by Dionne Warwick in her 1962 version; as well as Holter’s take on Barbara Lewis’ “Hello Stranger,” already included in last year’s Loud City Song. In all honesty, Holter had previously released a live version of “Don’t Make Me Over,” too — on her 2010 EP Celebration. But you likely have a huge crush on her, so you won’t mind if these are bits of reheated news.

Besides, Holter has a fantastic track-record with cover versions, ranging from on-the-nose interpretations of her influences to playful readings of foreign curiosities, passing through 70s pop staples and avant-garde icons. Her take on “Don’t Make Me Over” follows the same template as Loud City Song, with equal doses of sophistication, classical elegance, lush melodies, and formal audacity. Surprisingly, the song displays a girl-group touch, with Nite Jewel singing back-up. In a nutshell, Julia Holter’s version of Phil Spector is as beautiful as you’d expect Julia Holter’s version of anything to be.

Additionally, following a limited re-release of Holter’s 2011 debut LP Tragedy in May 2013, Domino Records has announced a US reissue of the album. It’s due on August 19.

The “Don’t Make Me Over”/”Hello Stranger” single is out via Domino on July 28, both as a vinyl 7-inch single and digitally. Stream both tracks below:

• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

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