If you’ve never heard of Julia Nunes, then this is the ideal time to get swept up in her music. Her newest album “Some Feelings” is coming out September 25, and listeners were treated to her first song “Something Bad” (released on iTunes with a video also posted on YouTube) on August 19th. While Julia’s resume is impressive, and her collaborations are definitely brag-worthy, her recent revelation have yielded her truest music to date, which may have you skimming past (as I’m going to do right now for any new fans) all of that and devouring her newest music FIRST.
She recently removed some of her oldest online videos, which sent her fans into a frenzy of everything from “You go girl! Be You” comments to some guilt-tripping her over emotional attachments they had over the deleted songs. She explained her reasoning to her followers in almost an “it’s not you it’s the REAL me” fashion, leaving them feeling less dumped, and even more in love with her music than ever before. You see, Nunes’ has finally started to really become herself, and just like we hide old pictures and cringe at the frizzy bangs or bowl cuts we once had, she may be seeing her songs as an unfair representation of who she really was. There’s no more sugar-coating her music, and she’s not asking for permission to “change”, as she’s always been Julia (as her post casts “That Was Us” echo). She’s slowly more comfortable admitting who she is and wasn’t, so isn’t erasing her past, but instead finally writing and singing about herself, minus the rose-coloured glasses (replaced now with a killer wardrobe of vintage specs, smudged with honesty, instead).
As a longtime listener of Nunes’ music, there is almost imperceptible change in her voice, but it is still there, and the change says “this is me” and it will likely continue to become louder over time. In the video description of “Something Bad” posted on her YouTube channel, Nunes says the song is essentially a “break-up anthem. It’s about giving in to every cliche, obsessing, moping, and shaking your head at your dumb idiot self” . Anyone who has been in a failed relationship can appreciate the new-found wisdom that comes only after stepping outside of who you were when you were locked away in the bubble of “us”, and Nunes captures that feeling perfectly in this catchy song.
The song was produced by Joanna Katcher, and features Mike Comite on bass, Peter Recine on guitar, Adam Christgau on drums and Julia as vocals and other “stuff”. The video for “Something Bad” is a video scrapbook of Nunes’ and her trusted friends and fellow musicians, recording her new album. The ever-lovable singer is captured in candid moments, smirking, singing, playing and flashing that unforgettable smile that reveals her sincerity and zest for life. Simple and sweet, it’s clips of them working and re-working songs, recording into the wee hours, clapping along, laughing and celebrating the album with loved ones ( and feline).
Julia Nunes’ album “Some Feelings” comes out on September 25 (available for pre-order now, even if you missed the Kickstarter campaign), with “Something Bad” available for purchase right now. No words can describe how incredible Nunes’ sound is to me, but some feelings (see what I did there?) I have about it are pretty darn great.