“Brainy, Adventurous” (NY Times) Julie Feeney Runs Pop Through A Composer’s Prism On New Album Clocks Out June 18th
Irish star brings “Album of the Year” inspired by her family history to the US, headlining Joe’s Pub in NYC June 12th
Wall Street Journal premiere’s album standout “Dear John,” listen here:
April 15, 2013 - Singer/composer/songwriter/performer Julie Feeney, a “star in her own country” (Wall Street Journal), will release her stunning new album Clocks on June 18, 2013 in the US on her own mittens label. Winner of the “Irish Times Album of the Year” as voted by readers, nominated for the Choice Music Prize-Irish Album of the Year, (a prize previously won by Feeney for her debut album) and a #1 on the Irish Album charts, Clocks finds Feeney perfecting her innovative, avant-garde approach to music, weaving together songs that deftly mix classical, pop and theatrical works. As the New York Times says, Feeney’s songs “don’t shout. They tease, ponder, reminisce, philosophize and invent parables, and she sings them in a plush, changeable mezzo-soprano that usually holds a kindly twinkle.”
For Clocks, Feeney spent countless hours researching her family history in Galway (her family is at least 6 generations Galwegian), and she uses the history of her family to provide deeper meaning to her beautiful, fanciful songs. “With this album, I am merely channeling, echoing and reiterating the feelings of the generations that came before me,” says Feeney. “The spirit and motivations in the songs are those of my forefathers. Our lives are completely different but the emotions are exactly the same.”
“Dear John,” a standout on Clocks, is a magical confection of sheer happiness run through a prism of floor-stomps, harp, background whispers, electric bass, keyboards, violin, viola, cello, double bass and Julie’s unique voice and composers ear. The chorus explodes with delight, perfectly conveying the awe and ecstasy of two lovers who have waited all day for a moonlight rendezvous (the song is based on a true story about Julie’s grandparents).
The Wall Street Journal premiered “mesmerizing” album standout “Dear John,” listen here: http://on.wsj.com/105tfFc
Other album standouts include: the playful “Galway Boy,” which is composed for the wonderful, slightly tricky and sometimes problematic Galway boy; the mournful “If I Lose You Tonight,” a comfort song which coaxes light into a dark situation, features Feeney’s striking vocals complimented by pedal steel and mandolin; the string and harp led “Cold Water,” where Feeney longs to heal the blemished heart of a loved one, but pride gets in the way.
Written, composed, arranged, conducted and orchestrated by Feeney, Clocks was recorded in an atypical order. Over eight freezing cold nights, rather than record with instruments first, Feeney recorded only the album’s vocals at Kylemore Abbey Gothic Church in County Galway. She wanted to be standing on Galway ground and really let the emotions in her voice set a tone for each song. She then recorded the music, conducting the string orchestra herself and layering in autoharp, melodica, omnichord, harmonium, keyboard, tom-toms, harp, floor stomps, wall rubs, electric bass, pedal steel, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, cajon, whistling and various background vocals.
Feeney is currently composing the libretto and score of her first opera, BIRD, which will premiere later this year. She’ll also headline Joe’s Pub in New York City on June 12th, with additional US dates to be announced.
For more information on Julie Feeney, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 347.240.1042