Black And White Vol.1 (LP)
Heavyweight vinyl edition, gatefold packaging, limited to 300 units.
An award-winning original artist - singer, songwriter, piano player, producer, guitarist - whose neo mellow sound combines an indie jazz approach with art-pop sensibilities, it's Julia Biel's voice and piano playing that feature on her 4th album. 'Black and White, Volume 1' is a solo recording that comments on the binary concepts of 'black' and 'white' in what she feels should by now be a post-'racial' world.
Using just the black and white keys of the piano and her mixed 'black' and 'white' heritage, the British-born dual British/German national with South African roots seeks to reach beyond the polarising concept of division along skin colour lines, to remind the listener of and to confront them with their own emotions - to take these two colours and transform them into a landscape of sonic colour in the process. "Because on the level of shared emotion is where everyone connects," says Julia. "Skin colour, background, political persuasion or any other societal construct should have no bearing on our ability to empathise with each other nor should these things be allowed to deny someone their right to expressing anything less than the full spectrum of human emotion."
Recorded in her own studio, produced by long-term partner Idris Rahman and mixed by Emre Ramazanoglu, the result is a set of intimate and raw solo recordings rendered spell-binding in large part due to hers being a voice like no other. Unhurried and unmistakeable, her unique tones wrap around deceptively simple songs dealing with confusion, pain, insecurity, joy and the power of words and love to uplift us but also to constrain us. All are imbued with her trademark poetic storytelling, revealing an ever-sharper perspective on life and love with repeated listens.
- Broken Little Pieces (Solo Piano And Voice Version)
- Diamond Dust
- A Room With A View - Interlude 1
- The Wilderness (Solo Piano And Voice Version)
- Three Little Words (Solo Piano And Voice Version)
- Shhh... (Solo Piano And Voice Version)
- Licence To Be Cruel (Solo Piano And Voice Version)
- Onwards - Interlude 2
- Say It Out Loud (Solo Piano And Voice Version)
- You Could Turn A Rainbow Grey
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