"This songwriter has incredible energy, somehow managing to pursue fresh ideas while maintaining an exhausting live schedule." Clash Magazine
"Fall Into Place is a rich and glistening release, proving the depth to Julia's songwriting and positioning her as a hugely promising talent as we await her debut album." The Line of Best Fit -
Julia Meijer is a Swedish-born singer, song-writer and guitarist based in Oxford, UK. Julia is gearing up to release her debut album, Always Awake, which will also be the debut album release by Oxford-based music agency and label PinDrop.
Julia's music is a rich, organic tapestry that takes in the hymnal dream pop and 70s cosmic folk referencing atmospheres as heard on Ocean/England whilst Fall Into Place is more in the mode of glacial scandi pop, not a million miles away from the pop gold of The Cardigans or Lykke Li. Other tracks such as Train Ticket takes things in a tight, Talking Heads meets Television style guitar groove direction. En Liten Fågel is steeped in shimmering atmospherics and haunting vocals that echo Sigur Rós while the blissed out, sparkling beauty of I'm Not The One brings Cocteau Twins to mind. Lyrically, the album is a mixture of original compositions in English and Swedish by Julia, except the lyrics of Ocean which are based on Hav (ocean/sea) by Icelandic poet Steinn Steinarr.
Always Awake features star musical turns from Julia's band, including former Guillemots drummer Greig Stewart, guitarist Andrew Warne and keyboard player and composer Sebastian Reynolds. Guest performers for the album include Greig's old Guillemots bandmate Fyfe Dangerfield on Hammond organ and Greig's daughter Effie on saxophone. Julia has appeared at festivals such as Rob da Bank's Common People, Wilderness, Truck and Wood, and performed some smash hit shows in Oxford and London. Single Train Ticket received a track premiere from Clash Music, and radio support from Gideon Coe and Lauren Laverne on 6Music, and with the release of Always Awake it seems only a matter of time before Julia stops being Oxford's best kept music secret.