Amsterdam based singer-songwriter JULA has shared her debut cut ‘Leave’, alongside news of her first EP. In addition to news of an EP on the horizon, JULA has released an accompanying music video directed by the accomplished Director and Cinematographer Monika Vaskorova.
Dubbing herself a trip-hop and indie-pop artist, the newcomer certainly takes on many elements of these genres on her debut. The piano progressions and downtempo rhythm sections that run throughout the track tonally mirror early Massive Attack records. JULA’s vocal delivery too is not dissimilar to Low’s Mimi Parker, whose deep register compliments perfectly Low’s discography as much as JULA’s compliments her ballad-like debut.
The debut single itself is arrestingly and refreshingly simple in its approach. Built-up of harmonising guitars, a piano, and what appears to be a mix of live and sampled drum hits, the instrumental provides a fairly neutral canvas for JULA’s vocals to colour. JULA’s vocals truly take centre stage on the track, providing a crystalline force through layers of reverb and delay and producing an effect that, as JULA herself sings, “I cannot explain”.
The Vaskorova music video sets complimentary visuals to the pace, sparseness, and spaciness of the track. Comprised of shots of JULA wandering a desert landscape, JULA’s appearance – whose image was created by Dragana Djurovic and Jerrald Justin – feels almost Bjorkian in design and approach. The Vaskorova directed music video to JULA’s debut track can be seen below.
Director & Cinematographer: Monika Vaskorova