Peel, Julie / Near The Sun
Album: Near The Sun   Collection:General
Artist:Peel, Julie   Added:Oct 2009
Label:American Laundromat Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-11-22 Pull Date: 2010-01-24
Week Ending: Jan 17 Dec 6 Nov 29
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 13, 2011: Buford J. Sharkley's Battalion of Kazoos
3. Dec 04, 2009: Radiophonic
Once More With Feeling
2. Jan 12, 2010: Ambient Annoyance
4. Nov 28, 2009: Music Casserole
The Greatest Story

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-11-22
Genre: Singer/Songwriter Indie/Folk Pop
Sounds like: Aimee Mann, The Weepies, Thao, Tegan and Sara
Play Tracks: 3,4, 7,8

General: Storytelling minimalist folk/pop that saturates solitude with low-fi guitar and celebrates happiness with layers of quirky instrumentation. Julie Peel has a unique voice that projects both gritty edge and soft silkiness. Expect to hear a charming integration of upright bass, cello, real piano, ukulele, banjo, kazoo, horns, and the occasional resonance of electric guitar—giving this folk pop record some atmosphere. Perfect soundtrack for a winter road trip through snow-covered trees and barren countrysides.

Track Descriptions (NO FCCs Detected):
1. Living In a Movie (3:20)—bouncy superficial fun, ukulele brings happy sentiments with shadowing piano rift, Regina Spektor stuttering vocals during chorus
2. Innocence (4:39)—starts with sound of drums, goes into piano with acoustic guitar picking, soft poppy ballad
3. Sister (3:39)—Acoustic minor chords changes that drive into an almost bitter vox, similar to Tegan and Sara, this track has got more bite and attitude
4. Unfold (3:38)—song builds on a simple acoustic guitar arrangement then the use of reverb, drums, and a conjoining male vox makes expands this track, musically and emotionally, into an addictive space of shared loneliness
5. The Piece of the My Heart (3:02)- Poppy tune of layered guitars and percussion that sounds like an Apple commercial written intentionally for Valentine’s Day heart-shaped i-pods.
6. Ok (3:43)—quiet folk diddy with sad yet expressive vocals
7. The Greatest Story (4:03) —pursues indie-folk rock with catchy electric guitar rifts and driving harmonies, has this alt-country vibe similar to some of Wilco’s folksier material
8. Near the Sun (3:43)—self-reflective track that sounds just like Aimee Mann, creative use of bongos and tambourine gives this a different feel
9. Once More With Feeling (3:57)—fun acoustic guitar chords chased by electric guitar underrifts, deeper vox has a little bit of jazzy soul, parts of chorus has just vox and percussion as guitars drop out
10. In Slow Motion (4:05)—another expressive folk pop diddy of acoustic guitar picking
11. Alone (3:18)—“sexy sounding” female vox over strumming ukulele, kazoo makes this quirky
12. Broken (bonus track)—slow and relaxed vibe about an emotional apology, cello adds some dimension

Track Listing
1. Living In A Movie   6. Ok
2. Innocence   7. The Greatest Story
3. Sister   8. Near The Sun
4. Unfold   9. Once More With Feeling
5. The Piece Of My Heart   10. In Slow Motion
  11. Alone