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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 is out January 15, a sad song with happy wrappings and the first look into Julia's peculiar bedroom pop that will culminate in a six track EP on March 15.
PDFILWM is an acronym for Please Don't Fall In Love With Me and 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's own words about the single: PDFILWM - please don’t fall in love with me. This song is a sad one, with happy wrappings. A celebration of friendships yet also a lament about the hardships of losing someone dear. All in E major. With quite lame wind instruments and anticlimactic choruses I’ve tried to create something beautiful out of something difficult.
Debut EP indie fEElz lands on March 15. A six track creation that according to Julia is a try to deal with the very different kinds of relationships we have with each other and ourselves through "a lot of irony, drum machines and way too many choirs parts". The tracks treat universal topics such as forced acquaintances, love, desperate attempts to be understood, how we feel about our egos and on PDFWILWM, a sad celebration of friendships.
PDFILWM is out January 15 on all platforms, indie fEElz EP is out March 15 on all platforms and limited vinyl via Stockholm independent label Rama Lama Records. Julia Rakel made her live debut in October last year, more live dates is to be expected.
released January 15, 2019
Composed, arranged, written, engineered and performed by Julia Rakel Öjbrandt.
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