January 11, 2013
Domino bares its soul with Julia Holter and Matthew E White
One label is showing that being indie is about more than chasing guitar boys in tight trousers – art and devotion are the way to go
Where some indie labels expend their energies looking for and claiming to have found "the new Libertines" every new year, Domino can be relied upon to do things a little differently. This year, the label's two most exciting propositions are neither traditionally callow "January push" bands, nor likely ever to have heard of Carl Barât, mercifully.
Julia Holter is a CalArts graduate making ornate, crystalline pop hymns that tap into some celestial line; Matthew E White is a hirsute, white-suited Virginian who grew up in Manila with missionary parents, now making a distinctly southern, Lambchop-like gospel that explores his Christian faith with soft seduction.