Originally emerging from the folk scene as the bandleader/producer for ‘Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens’, Johnson first came to national attention when she won a Triple J Unearthed Songwriting competition, receiving a masterclass from Gotye and Adalita. Her career has blossomed since then, leading her to big festival stages, such as Groovin The Moo, as well as a slew of support slots for iconic Australian artists including Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Tim Rogers, Abbe May.
Johnson has crafted a unique sonic palette with ‘Collarbone‘ where voices and synths blend around antique folk instruments with the help of acclaimed producer, Sarah Belkner. The song is a synth-drenched psych-folk anthem for anyone who can’t be alone. This has taken the multi instrumentalist in a brave new direction, deciding not to play it safe with this textured and dynamic new single.
“This is my most monumental song so far. I spent part of my recent life trying to avoid loneliness, throwing my heart against the wall over and over in the process. Collarbone is about feeling f*cked up as well as defiantly ok about it. I’m only human, after all. I’ve never written a song so direct, so cruel and so forgiving of myself all at once. Plus, it’s my first song with a danceable beat!” – Julia Johnson
“[Johnson is]… someone it will pay to follow closely” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Bat For Lashes reimagined as the soundtrack to the next party you throw in an opulent baroque chateau.” – Dom Alessio
‘Collarbone’ is the second standalone single Johnson has ever released after debuting her solo single, ‘Melissa’, last year. This music comes after two albums created as Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens (2008 + 2013).
The Sydney-based songwriter is taking her new musical universe on the road this winter in a series of live band shows to celebrate the release of Collarbone.
‘Collarbone’ will be digitally released Friday June 15th
‘COLLARBONE’ TOUR DATES
June 24, Upstairs at Fred’s – Camden, NSW
July 7, The Street Theatre – Canberra, ACT
July 27, The Wesley Anne – Melbourne, VIC
August 10, 107 Projects – Sydney, NSW