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  • Founded: January 2005
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
  • Label: american laundromat records


Self-taught multi-instrumentalist Julie Peel unleashed her debut full-length album on American Laundromat Records (ALR) September 22nd, and has been enjoying rave reviews and charting at college & specialty radio. Previously featured on ALR compilations including Just Like Heaven (a tribute to the Cure), Gigantic (a tribute to Kim Deal), Dig for Fire (a tribute to the Pixies), and Cinnamon Girl (a tribute to Neil Young), this is Julie's first solo full-length release. She counts Aimee Mann, Kim Deal, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell among her influences, and their impact is not hard to discern on Near the Sun. Julie's lo-fi, guitar-driven pop recalls the likes of Ida, Anna Ternheim, Caithlin de Marrais, and Mirah, but bears her own distinctive indie sensibility and style. Born in Cannes, Julie was raised between France and Canada, and sings entirely in English on this album. As a child, she tended toward self-determination. "At 6," she explains, "I would take my bike and go for long rides in the countryside... Sometimes I would go fishing by myself." Though her mother worried, Julie always came home "like it's normal a 6 year old kid would go out all day so far away." That independent spirit is evident throughout Near the Sun, which Julie recorded, mixed, and produced on her own. She plays most of the instruments as well, though she is also joined on bass, cello, and upright bass by Cyrille Catois (who she met in 2005 and has worked with consistently ever since) and on drums by Andreas Dahlb├Ąck (drummer and producer for Anna Ternheim). Spontaneity was key in the creation of this album, as evidenced by tracks such as 'Innocence.' "I composed it and wrote the lyrics in under an hour, and recorded it very quickly right after," she reveals. "... I guess this song is what represents me the most." The swell of the cello under her honest, melancholy lyrics turn this stand-out track from simple to understatedly sophisticated. "Most of the tracks were first takes," Julie notes, which manifests itself in a sense of both immediacy and intimacy throughout the album. The undeniably catchy track 'Living in a Movie,' replete with irresistible handclaps, seems sent straight from the soundtrack to a film by Michel Gondry or Sofia Coppola. A sweet and somehow cinematic tune that demonstrates Julie's capability to craft pop songs at once familiar and dream-like, deceptively minimal, 'Living in a Movie' is just one of the songs off Near the Sun that compels repeated listens. Though her contributions to the ALR compilations were noteworthy in their own right, this collection of original material bears testimony to Julie Peel's own dynamic pop sensibilities.


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  • livingroom
    Left by sunslide, on May 26, 2010 - 10:46
    oh elusive one hello
    can i direct you to www.sunslide.bandcamp.com

    on the 6th june for an electropop frenzy release. youhave been so kind so far that I thought you should know. thanks

    actually if you go to www.sunslide1.bandcamp.com
    you'll be able to see the covers covered from 'near the sun'
    not as good as yours, but pythonesque
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    Left by stephen, on Feb 12, 2010 - 2:58
    lovely voice and good songs, thanks a lot.
    Have you heard of Judee Sill? Early 70's folk singer...you voice reminds me of her.

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    Left by seunerinle, on Feb 7, 2010 - 13:15
    Really enjoying your music....looking forward to more.
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    Great ...
    Left by Chas Connolly, on Feb 6, 2010 - 8:16
    .. to find you here!
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    Hello Comrade
    Left by sitcommunist, on Feb 3, 2010 - 13:47
    Thanks for the intro to Julie Peel... something I can really dig.
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    Left by KWeinberg, on Feb 1, 2010 - 13:01
    So nice to see you here! Thanks for sharing your music!
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    Left by woodjean, on Feb 1, 2010 - 12:16
    'Glad you and your music are here!
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    so cool
    Left by toriviruette, on Feb 1, 2010 - 9:23
    welcome to uvumi :)
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    Left by Pennylane246, on Feb 1, 2010 - 7:18
    Good to see you hear! Can't wait till you upload more songs! (Like... sister?) :)
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    Left by zenfira, on Feb 1, 2010 - 2:10
    Welcome! Great to see you!
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