Julie’s ditched the guitar for the first time and the results are pretty epic, as Uncut say on the song:
“it’s made up of deep, reverberant synths that recall Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, and the leaps that Angel Olsen took with 2016’s My Woman.”
JULIE BYRNE SHARES “I LIVE NOW LIKE A SINGER”
NEW ALBUM, NOT EVEN HAPPINESS,
RELEASED 13th JANUARY 2017 ON BASIN ROCK – NEXT WEEK!
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New York-based singer-songwriter Julie Byrne, has shared “I Live Now As A Singer,” the closing track from her upcoming album, Not Even Happiness and Byrne’s first song ever to be recorded without a guitar.
Byrne’s new album, Not Even Happiness, is a more confident beast than her debut that adds atmospheric instrumentation and electronic flourishes to Byrne’s unusual guitar tunings and fingerpicked melodies, moving the songs from the front-porch into subtle anthemia. Not Even Happiness is available for Basin Rock in Europe.
ABOUT JULIE BYRNE:
Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not for Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn. Often what comes naturally cannot be driven by speed and time. Julie’s second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality.
Some of the songs on Not Even Happiness took years of fine tuning to reach their fruition. If you asked her why the follow up to 2014’s Rooms With Walls and Windows has taken so long, you’d be greeted with a bewildered expression melted into a smile – as though the strangest question had just been asked. “Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth. It took me up to this point to have the capacity to express my experience of the time in my life that these songs came from.”
Julie Byrne has counted Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans and Northampton, Massachusetts as her transient homes in recent years. For now, she’s settled in New York City, moonlighting as a seasonal urban park ranger in Central Park. Whether witnessing the Pacific Northwest for the first time (‘Melting Grid’), the morning sky in the mountains of Boulder (‘Natural Blue’), or a journey fragrant with rose water; reading Frank O’Hara aloud from the passengers seat during a drive through the Utah desert into the rainforest of Washington State (‘The Sea As It Glides’), Not Even Happiness is Julie’s beguilingly ode to the fringes of life.
“The title of the album comes from a letter I wrote to a friend after a trip to Riis Park’s ‘The People’s Beach’, it was the first warm afternoon of the year. I walked alongside the Atlantic as the Earth came alive for the sun. There was a palpable sense of emergence to everything. I felt it in myself too, and remember thinking I would trade that feeling for nothing…not even happiness.”
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“there’s so much to love about Not Even Happiness: the lightness of the finger-picked acoustic guitar patterns, the flute and string interludes, the plaintive timbre in Byrne’s voice recalling fellow outsider folk figures Anne Briggs and Karen Dalton.” **** MOJO
“A Linda Perhacs for the modern Laurel Canyon set?” **** Record Collector
“this is music that offers an antidote to the contemporary collective madness” 8/10 Loud & Quiet
“Not Even Happiness she’s spreading her wings musically…yet the joy that is her storytelling, heartfelt singing and inventive guitar playing are the songs heartbeat.”
8/10 Line Of Best Fit ‘Album of the Week’
“Here is folk music reimagined…. an album of rare beauty.” **** The Skinny
“Chronicles of a wandering star” 8/10 Uncut
“New York based queen of quiet solitude… the same underlying disquiet as Nick Drake’s starker moments” Q
“With grace and acuity, Byrne shows how the most commonplace aspects of life can turn supernatural if you tilt your eye a way, how the simplest things—melodies, open space, the sky—are often the strongest.” Pitchfork