Julie Mintz – Tired To The Bone
Labels:Serious Bob Promotion
Number of Tracks:1
From the Album:Tired To The Bone
Available Date & Time: Dec 06 2018 09:30:00 EST
Impact Date: Jan 07 2019 00:00:00
“Tired To The Bone”
With her delicate yet commanding vocals, Julie Mintz has a rare ability to turn the most nuanced of feelings into songs that captivate. On her forthcoming full-length debut, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter muses on longing and disillusionment and romantic confusion, an exploration made all the more enthralling by her moody and luminous take on Gothic Americana. But in choosing a title for the album, Mintz landed on Abandon All Hope of Fruition—a phrase that speaks to the transformative power in trading yearning for acceptance.
Abandon All Hope of Fruitionfollows Mintz’s quietly stunning debut EP The Thin Veil, a 2015 release produced by Moby (whose live band she joined as a background vocalist and keyboardist in 2011). In bringing the album to life Mintz teamed up with Moby, producer David Jerkovich and musicians like Ben Peeler (a pedal steel guitarist known for his work with Father John Misty, Dawes, and Shelby Lynne), Tripp Beam (Moby’s longtime drummer), and Mindy Jones (a singer who joined Mintz in creating the radiant harmonies woven throughout the songs).
Though it was mostly made at Jerkovich’s Balboa Recording Studio in the Glassell Park area of L.A., Abandon All Hope of Fruition also includes a Moby-produced rendition of “The Sorrow Tree”—a track from the electronic-music pioneer’s most recent album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt. In a departure from the original version (which featured Mintz as the singer), her update of “The Sorrow Tree” unfolds as an acoustic slow-burner centered on her hypnotic and haunting vocal work.
Also showing her distinct gift as a song interpreter, Mintz’s starkly arranged cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” cuts right to the wistful heart of the original. “Even though John Denver’s version is so jaunty and upbeat, the lyrics feel so melancholic to me,” says Mintz. Elsewhere on Abandon All Hope of Fruition, Mintz infuses her subtle intensity into songs like “Hard Needle to Thread,” a dreamy meditation on what she refers to as “my false, fairytale belief that a romantic relationship exists that can save or rescue us, when really it’s a painful needle that wounds.” “Want to Feel Wanted” is a gently cinematic track driven by her beautifully detailed storytelling, and “Bow and Arrow” reveals a lilting serenade laced with elegant piano tones and aching harmonies. Meanwhile, “Tired to the Bone” finds Mintz expanding her sonic palette and delivering a ’50s-doo-wop-inspired ballad that caps off with a fiercely belted vocal performance. And on the intimate yet intricately textured “The River,” Peeler’s graceful pedal-steel riffs meet with Mintz’s guitar work to sweetly devastating effect.
Born and raised in the South Texas city of Corpus Christi, Mintz grew up on the bittersweet balladry of classic country artists. Learning to play piano as a little girl and later picking up guitar as well, Mintz also held true to country’s emotional tradition and gravitated toward “sad songs about love and heartache” as she began crafting her own material. Through the years, she’s also found the mood of her songwriting deeply informed by her first-ever experience in the workforce: an after-school job working in a funeral home on the Gulf of Mexico, which included driving a hearse with a body in the back. “I was a cheerleader in high school, so I used to show up at the funeral home in my cheerleading uniform,” Mintz recalls. “At the time it was all really scary to me, but I think it ties into me eventually writing this very Gothic music, and this thread throughout my songs about the idea of dying alone.”
While attending Emory University, Mintz studied neuroscience and behavioral biology, but ultimately decided to forgo medical school in favor of pursuing her music career. Mintz has spent much of the past few years on the road with Moby, recently joining him onstage at the Hollywood Bowl for a show presented by legendary English DJ Pete Tong, in addition to appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbertand singing with Moby for his debut performance with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic this past October.
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