Have You In My Wilderness, the fifth full-length album from Los Angeles singer, songwriter and composer Julia Holter, plays like the shadowy flipside to Loud City Song, from 2013, a comparatively jaunty affair informed by classic MGM musicals.

Have You In My Wilderness, the fifth full-length album from Los Angeles singer, songwriter and composer Julia Holter, plays like the shadowy flipside to Loud City Song, from 2013, a comparatively jaunty affair informed by classic MGM musicals. This time around, however, Holter delivers her words reclining atop mournful beds of strings ("How Long?") and strolling amidst spacious, jazz-flecked backdrops that come on like the soundtrack to a waking dream ("Vasquez"). It's a hazy feel that often extends to Holter's words, which can feel slippery, as if scrawled into a sandbar threatened by the rising tide. "I hear small words from the shore/ No recognized pattern," she sings cryptically on one tune.

In a 2013 interview, the musician attributed this evolution to a continued embrace of her more artistic side, which started to flower as she distanced herself from her more studied roots. "I was raised by academics, so I think I saw myself as an academic person," she said at the time. "But I'm really not. It just took me a long time to discover what I really wanted to be."