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'pages': 1. Love Is A Tricky Thing; 2. Impossibly Beautiful; 3. Grace; 4. Valentine's Song; 5. One More Tune; 6. Myth; 7. Mr. Roving Eye Guy; 8. Stay; 9. Life's Nudge; 10. Monster; 11. Nothing to Declare; 12. Knock Knock
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Julie Feeney's music is difficult to triangulate. Her songs are to intelligent texts and are sung by her in an engaging style ranging from knowing to emotionally dazed.

Evidently she likes to work with a close microphone producing an effect that is breathy and sort of surprised. Her delivery and the feel of the songs suggest an idiom related to those favoured by Bjork and Cleo Laine. Singing across bar-lines, she breathes and phrases in all the 'wrong' places but the effect is wonderful. She is not averse to vocal multi-tracking.

We hear a full orchestral backdrop … and I mean a real orchestra. She often favours a chugging and immediate string orchestral canvas. Harp and muted brass are also hallmarks of the arrangements. The balance is a bit commercial and a warm-bathed touch of New Swingle can be heard in Stay.

Impossibly beautiful is insistent and incessant while words twist, turn and bite on your thoughts. At one level her melodic ideas link back to commercial romantic Continental ballads of the 1950s and 1960s. You can hear this in Grace. There's plenty of voice multi-tracking and whistling and whispering as well as a nice plunking pizzicato in Myth.

Pretty much of a discovery so go for it. If you can't find this in the shops then try Ther's an earlier album too which I suspect you will want after you hear this.

Rob Barnett


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