Umeå-via-Malmö Swedish musician and producer Julia Rakel is the latest addition to Stockholm indie label Rama Lama Records' (Melby, Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes, Chez Ali etc.) roster. Debut single PDFILWM was released in January and have since grabbed the attention from influential Swedish media as well as international blogs, calling it a "lo-fi gem". Follow-up single People is out February 12, a cynical song about shallow acquaintances and the second look into Julia's peculiar bedroom pop that will culminate in a six track EP on March 15.
The EP is the result of hours of music making in the lonesome bedroom. Julia works at the well-known Malmö studio Tambourine and her credits include sound design and music for the award-winning short film Plankton. With her expertise as a producer she's refined her stripped-down sketches to a daydreaming beautiful soundscape that develops with every listen. This, put together with Julia's individual vocals and often ironic lyrics, create a intimate and memorable sound that there will be plenty more of during the upcoming months.
Julia Rakel says that "indie fEElz” is an EP where I try to describe the very different kinds of relationships we have with each other - and ourselves. This with a lot of irony, drum machines and way too many choirs parts. People is about forced acquaintances, A love letter is of course about love, You’re not getting it a desperate attempt to be understood, PDFILWM a sad celebration of friendships, Evel Knievel how we feel about our ego, and Moviestars - a flirt with how ridiculously we’ve all tried to be somebody we’re not."
indie fEElz EP is out March 15 on all platforms and limited vinyl via Stockholm independent label Rama Lama Records.
released March 15, 2019
Released March 15, 2019
All songs except "Moviestars" composed, arranged, written, engineered and performed by Julia Rakel Öjbrandt.
Moviestars composed, written and performed by Julia Rakel Öjbrandt together with David Calgaro and Lo Ersare.
Mixed by Måns Wikenmo.
Mastered by Jonas Siöström.
Cover art by Gustaf Lindström.
Recorded in Malmö, Sweden 2018.
Released by Rama Lama Records 2019.
The New Zealand multi-instrumentalist’s debut full-length brims with the kind of bleeding-heart intimacy that should define bedroom pop convention, but rarely ever does. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 7, 2019