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The elegant sound of a harpsichord buzzes in the opening seconds of Julia Holter’s fourth album, Have You In My Wilderness. For a moment, Holter seems like she might bring history alive like Joanna Newsom, but seconds later her drawn out “ahhhs” sweep by like a playful breeze. Now Julianna Barwick and her minimalist singing come to mind, but the snare drum kicks in before it settles. Not even 30 seconds have gone by when Holter hits the first verse and turns “Feel You” into an easy, compelling pop song. Her mix of modern pop with carefree sounds from music history invokes the same kind of fun tranquility that made Natalie Prass rise in popularity last year. While Prass plays with Broadway, big band, and ’70s country, Holter mines baroque classical, cool jazz, and experimental sounds as she creates songs that feel intimate and imaginative. It seems intimidating on paper, but her music has grown to become welcoming and warming in addition to challenging. Her intimate show is well-timed as the District recovers from its coldest weeks. Julia Holter performs with Circuit des Yeux at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.