ALBUM REVIEW: Julien Chang – Jules | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.10.19

 

 

 

 

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Julien Chang will have listeners perplexed at the paucity of his years after hearing his debut full-length, Jules. His song-writing glides effortlessly between retro sweet spots: from the glistening West Coast guitar of Butterflies to Monaco, to the staccato funk of Moving Parts, in which ethereal vocals are poured forth over saccharine synths. The confident strut and soulful refrain of lead single Of the Past revels in its disco heritage, before giving way to a jazz-inflected piano break recalling The The.

Album closer A Day or Two savours the waning days of summer; a seductive acoustic guitar purrs against a gentle lo-fi hum. Jules is a record of gleeful experimentation and youthful nostalgia that delights in an eclectic musical past.

 

 

 

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