Five Minutes With: Vancouver-based Electronic Collective Julia Sound

Julia Sound is a collective led by Lin Gardiner, a British-Canadian BC-based artist, composer, musician and producer. Julia Sound released their debut album ‘Heal’ in the summer of 2021 to critical acclaim. They are set to release a second full-length offering ‘Nothing Above the Blue Sky’ in May of 2023. ‘Nothing Above The Blue Sky’ is a collection of evocative, ethereal, vocal-led electronica, with 10 new songs including features by Kinnie Starr, Edzi’u and Larissa Tandy, amongst others. Different singers feature on each track, all pulled together by Gardiner. The lyrical component of the songs leans into subjects perhaps shied away from in more commercial projects – stories of loss, war, mental health as well as hope.

Inspiration for Julia Sound’s name is from an unexplained sound discovered by scientists in the 90’s. The sound, which scientists named ‘The Julia Sound’, is mysterious and dark – which can also be said for this project’s tone and mood. Gardiner says it also seemed appropriate to use a feminine name considering the songs are 100% female & non-binary written, performed and produced, with further diversity including Bi-POC and/or LGBTQ2S+ representation. The release campaign for the album kicks off with the first single, ‘I Don’t Wanna Change’, featuring Australian alt-folk singer Larissa Tandy, on Boomsmack Records.

Julia Sound

Name:

Julia Sound

Genre:

Electronic / trip-hop

Founded:

2020

# of Albums:

1 (2021)

Latest Album:

Heal

Latest Single:

I Don’t Wanna Change (ft. Larissa Tandy)

Latest Video: 

Favourite musician growing up:

Picking one is hard… Tastes and influences are so varied during the formative years… Beatles to Bowie to Specials to Cocteau Twins to Soft Cell to name just a few…

Favourite musician now:

Loscil

Guilty pleasure song:

Anything by Abba from the 70s

Favourite local musician:

Junk

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Road or studio?

Studio

Any shows or albums coming up?

New single Grow featuring Edzi’u & Kinnie Starr dropped on April 21. Sophomore album ‘Nothing Above The Blue Sky’ drops May 26

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Facebook

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Gumboot Restaurant

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

I live in a village and am still discovering great little nooks.. no particular favourites 🙂

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Cliff Gilker Park, it has a stunning waterfall and beautiful trails

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

RC Legion 219 does a great job of booking bands and DJs and has a new dancefloor!

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Melomania ftw!

 

 

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