LISTEN: Julia Shapiro – ‘A Couple Highs’

“When the rest of my life felt out of control, I felt like this was my chance to be in control of everything” explains Julia Shapiro about her upcoming debut solo album Perfect Version, which is set for release on June 14th via Hardly Art. Having taken a step back from life as Chastity Belt’s vocalist & guitarist after a difficult year, Shapiro has returned with the second single from her new record titled ‘A Couple Highs’; and it’s a breezy, soothing drop of aural medicine.

The track is accompanied by a set of visuals directed by Claire Buss, and is a subtle homage to Kelly Reichardt’s 2008 film Wendy and Lucy, showing Shapiro and her canine doppelganger explore the quiet beauty of suburban Seattle. Shimmering guitars and Shapiro’s gentle voice make the track a real tonic for the ears, and the knowledge that Shapiro played all the instruments herself makes for extra listening satisfaction.

Over the course of a tumultuous year of trying to find stability amidst depression and surgery, Shapiro ultimately rediscovered the parts of music that she loved through the process, and it shines through on her latest single. Watch the video for ‘A Couple Highs’ below and follow Julia on Twitter for more updates.

Pre-order your copy of Julia Shapiro’s Perfect Vision here.

Photo Credit: Eleanor Petry

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Julia Shapiro – ‘Natural’

Known as the singer/guitarist in Chastity Belt, Julia Shapiro has now shared ‘Natural’, a taster track from her debut solo album.

As befits a track from an album due to be released in June, ‘Natural’ is pastoral and dreamy, reminiscent of sunny summer days spent running across fields. The guitars are pleasantly jangly, the vocals drawled.

Like so many modern day artists, Shapiro has emerged from a period of ill health and introspection to reflect on self awareness and self improvement. Recording an album of homespun songs, self produced, where she plays almost all of the instruments herself has been a part of this. ‘Natural’ is the opening track on the forthcoming album and, judging from this summery slice of indie, listeners are in for a treat.

Perfect Version, the debut solo album from Julia Shapiro, is due to be released on 14th June via Hardly Art.

 

Cazz Blase
@CazzBlase