Love Letters And Other Missiles

Julia Biel

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2-5 days
Genre
Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label
Rokit
Released
March 30, 2015

Format: Compact Disc

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'Love Letters and Other Missiles' by Julia Biel features twelve self-penned songs showcasing a singular vocal and song writing talent. "A voice of supreme subtlety and honeyed depth," wrote The Guardian, "the best British vocalist to emerge in an age" said The Independent, whilst Jazzwise coined the phrase "Billie Holiday meets Bjork" for her - quotes demonstrating exactly why she is captivating audiences wherever she goes with her deceptively barbed love songs.

This is also a British artist redefining the context for a jazz vocal in today's world and creating something ultimately unique. Mashing up jazz, old soul and 60s British rock influences into her own distinctive brew, 'Love Letters and Other Missiles' also has a contemporary alt-pop spin that makes Julia Biel's music accessible and appealing. Her past collaborations with the likes of Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt, Mercury Prize nominated Polar Bear and the boundary-pushing Hidden Orchestra perhaps pointing towards her genre-bending approach but the end result on 'Love Letters and Other Missiles' is something entirely fresh and unmistakably Julia Biel.

Produced by Idris Rahman and Julia herself with nods to Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Portishead and Bjork as well as to Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, 'Love Letters and Other Missiles' is full of melancholic innocence and epic drama and owes as much to the classic as to the contemporary.

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(5 stars) Biel should really be a household name in the UK by now...despite next-big-thing plaudits for her perfect pitch, distinctive phrasing and winning way with a hook and a lyric, she's yet to garner the mainstream British fame she deserves. This sophomore album should change that...this is a gem that rewards repeated listening.

Evening Standard, (Jane Cornwell), March 27, 2015

(4 stars) Biel's voice is exceptionally beautiful throughout. The brilliant supporting cast includes multi-instrumentalist (and co-producer) Idris Rahman, bassist Jasper Høiby and drummer Sebastian Rochford, all of whom are completely attuned to Biel's omnivorous tastes. An unequivocal triumph.

Jazzwise, (Peter Quinn), May 2015

(4 stars) This is an intimate highly personal album fraught with emotion...an album that could appeal to a wide range of listeners whether they are jazz heads or not, Biel even rocks out on the guitar-heavy 'Out of Control'.

Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), February 21, 2015

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Key Value
Catalogue number RKT030
Barcode 5052442006633
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. When The Sun Goes In -
2. Nobody Loves You Like I Do -
3. We Watch The Stars -
4. Licence To Be Cruel -
5. Til Tonight -
6. You Made Me Write A Love Song -
7. Secret Party -
8. Little Girl -
9. You Do My Head In -
10. Playing You -
11. Out Of Control -
12. Fallen -