Single release: ‘Wasting Breath’, taken from forthcoming album ‘Julia Biel’
Released: 12th May 2017
Label: Rokit Records/Khanti
“The best British vocalist to emerge in an age” The Independent
‘Wasting Breath’ is the new single from London-born and raised artist Julia Biel. Dusky, raw and stirringly fragile, it showcases her truly arresting vocal style to perfection and once again explains why critics consistently grope for suitable descriptions of her uncategorisable voice; Bjork-meets-Amy-meets-Sade-meets Thom Yorke. Or somewhere in-between. What’s for sure, Biel is a hugely individual artist whose skillful, expressive songwriting marks her out from the crowd.
Taken from her forthcoming self-titled album, ‘Wasting Breath’ is a brooding laid-back groove, inspired by running into an old flame and the feeling of strength that comes from having moved on. Biel’s voice is edgy and charismatic and the song deceptively simple but deeply layered. Its intimacy captivates from the very first note whilst the ear-worm of a chorus underlines Biel’s love of the pop format which she artfully combines with a masterful command of her craft.
A huge musical talent, Biel not only performed and penned the song, she also plays rhythm guitar, provides backing vocals and contributes to the epic string arrangements.
Julia Biel is a self-taught singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist with a sharp perspective on life and love and with a voice as electrifying as it is hypnotic. Her impulsive and expressive vocal style was no doubt encouraged early on in her career when performing with the very best of the UK’s alternative jazz scene – she first turned heads singing on Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear debut – indeed, it is her fondness for pop song structures as much as for jazz harmony that gives her own music its distinctive style. Julia has released two critically acclaimed albums with 2015’s ‘Love Letters and Other Missiles’ receiving nominations for a MOBO Award and an Urban Music Award. Her third, self-titled album is released in autumn 2017.
The first single ‘Wasting Breath’ is released on May 12, 2017 on Rockit Records/Khanti (cat: KH013S1) to audiences worldwide. Autumn dates to be announced.
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