Julia-Sophie has shared a new EP called it feels like thunder, her first release on Beat Palace Records, the new imprint founded by Metronomy’s Anna Prior. Listen to the three-song project below.
“It’s about ending the ending, the last time you’re going to speak to someone you love,” the Oxford-based musician said of the EP’s lead single, ‘Dial Your Number’. “You know, even though you don’t want something to end but you can’t see any other way out. I was trying to use that heavy, almost tribal drum beat to reflect that punch in the gut feeling. It’s pretty relentless, it makes it hard for you to breathe and expresses how I feel really deep inside.”
Of the second track, ‘Not Beautiful’, Julia-Sophie commented: “I only do depressive shit because that’s what’s in me, I’m afraid. Life doesn’t always have to be beautiful. By trying to make everything perfect we’re setting ourselves up for a fall.”
Talking about closer ‘Video Game’, she said: “I guess I wanted to show a vulnerable side, which was really exposing, with all my hurt, fragility and longing. It’s a bit of a nod to my roots, my singer-songwriter background, because I love writing songs. It’s pretty open, vulnerable, and is imbued with feelings of solitude in the opening half of the song. I loved playing with the production and structure of what could have been a very straight up acoustic song, I wanted to really play with the idea of being open and vulnerable verses that safety, the sheen we can all hide behind. The world is this relentless fucking beating machine, and I’m trying to put the human back in. I’m trying to find the human inside me too and not just become a machine.”
it feels like thunder follows Julia-Sophie’s y? and </3 EPs, which came out in 2020 and 2021 respectively.