Are you looking for new songs to add to your indie playlist? If you already have Lucy Dacus, Novo Amor, and Bear’s Den on steady rotation you’ll love Julie Byrne. She has a respectable 450,000 listeners on Spotify every month, but if you’re in Hong Kong you can catch her deep, soulful voice live in person at Terrible Baby on Aug. 28.
Now some backstory: Julie Byrne is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist who was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Her father was a wedding singer. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Julie was 17, prompting her to begin making music. She moved to Chicago, dropped out of school, and lived a pretty nomadic life. She began singing and soon put out her first proper record, Rooms with Walls & Windows, a compilation of two earlier cassettes: Julie Byrne and You Would Love It Here, which were recorded when she was living in Chicago in 2012 and 2013.
Her latest record Not Even Happiness, with violinist Jake Falby and producer Eric Littman was released in 2017. Pitchfork called it the “Ultimate Marker of Enlightenment” While Spin Magazine compared Julie to another great talent: “Like Joni Mitchell’s spare 1976 masterpiece Hejira, Not Even Happiness is a lonesome travel album par excellence.” It’s not only her guitar skill that is so exceptional, but her power of lyrical expression and musical nous.
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