JULIE BYRNE - NOT EVEN HAPPINESS VINYL RE-ISSUE (LTD. ED. NATURAL BLUE)
LIMITED EDITION NATURAL BLUE VINYL RE-ISSUERelease Date: 26th May 2023
The wonderful 2nd LP from the American folk artist Julie Byrne. Not Even Happiness showcases Byrne's incredible voice and her exquisite guitar playing of unusual guitar tunings and fingerpicked melodies. There is something timeless and melancholic in her music which harks back to the work of Joni Mitchell Vashti Bunyan Cat Power and Leonard Cohen but has enough modern spin to make her brand of folk unique.
"Julie Byrne’s much loved second album Not Even Happiness (2017) added atmospheric instrumentation and electronic flourishes to her unusual guitar tunings and fingerpicked melodies, moving the songs from the front-porch into subtle anthemia. Whether witnessing the Pacific Northwest for the first time (‘Melting Grid’), the morning sky in Colorado after staying up through the night at a house party in the mountains of Boulder (‘Natural Blue’), recording the passage of freight trains on the outskirts of Buffalo, New York ('Interlude'), or a journey fragrant with rose water; reading Frank O’Hara aloud from the passengers seat during a drive through the desert of Utah into the rainforest of Washington State (‘All The Land Glimmered Beneath’), Not Even Happiness is Julie’s beguilingly ode to the fringes of life."