Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Florence and the Machine, Maggie Rogers, Bat for Lashes, Laura Marling


band members

Julia Johnson


Website

juliajohnson.com.au/

Bio

Julia Johnson has always been the careful crafter of her own musical universe. Raised in a musical family, she spent swathes of her childhood and teenage years holed up in her room teaching herself various musical instruments, writing songs and recording them on her father’s 4-track tape recorder.

Shaped by the folk music scene that she grew up in, Johnson’s narratively rich, huge-hearted songs began connecting with audiences all over Australia with her first band Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens. Touring throughout her lte teens and twenties, around the Australian folk music circuit, the band’s finely wrought album ‘Family Pets’ spilled Julia’s music over the boundaries of the folk the realm, where it was met with a far broader appeal and critical acclaim.

Johnson came to national attention when she was one of the winners of the Triple J Unearthed Songwriting comp, receiving a masterclass from Gotye and Adalita. She went on to support a slew of iconic Australian artists including Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Tim Rogers, Abbe May, and played venues of every size from cosy lounge rooms to Groovin the Moo.

After years as bandleader/producer for Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens, Johnson moved to Berlin to expand her sonic palette, refocusing on the pure pursuit of song craft and mastery of the studio process.

Upon returning to Australia, Julia has been exploring her sensual, synth-drenched curiosity,
releasing and touring two synth-pop singles ‘Collarbone’ and ‘Melissa’ nationally with full band.

‘Breathe Him In’ represents a new height of openness and sheer quality in her song writing.
Exploding the traditional live-band arrangements of her early releases, this is the sound of a master creative Creating this new music has involved years of walking the earth and now Julia Johnson is excited to share it.

Her new single 'Breathe Him In', launching on March 10th, is the work of an artist distilling her craft, using a mix of ancient and futuristic instruments to communicate the nakedly personal. In short, it fulfils the promise that has always been inherent in Johnson’s work.

Review

Review by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

03 Jul 2018

Triple J
35

Love the way this one swells up and up, and also the blend of the autoharp with more modern production; really pretty.

Love the way this one swells up and up, and also the blend of the autoharp with more modern production; really pretty.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

22 Jun 2018

Triple J
30

synth-folk is a great description for Collarbone, full on unusual production and unexpected textures

synth-folk is a great description for Collarbone, full on unusual production and unexpected textures

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

22 Jun 2018

Triple J
35

a rousing effort from julia here, with some laura marling touches for good measure.

a rousing effort from julia here, with some laura marling touches for good measure.