– Hear new single “Please Don’t Tell Me”
– Debut EP ‘Phase’ out March 6 via Wichita Recordings
– UK-wide tour dates start this week!
Manchester-via-Italy’s Julia Bardo today shared “Please Don’t Tell Me,” the second single from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Phase’ which will be released on March 6th via Wichita Recordings.
Coming just ahead of an extensive run of UK dates which takes in dates supporting The Orielles as well as headline shows across the North and Midlands, “Please Don’t Tell Me” is an anthem of individuality sung over steady guitars and melodic temple blocks.
Of the song, Bardo explains: “‘Please Don’t Tell Me’ is about being yourself and thinking with your own head. It’s about looking in the mirror and recognizing what you see. It can be very challenging to be an artist these days—there’s so much music in the world, so many musicians and so many outlets for them to share their work. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on your own thing.”
“Please Don’t Tell Me” follows the video for lead single “I Wanna Feel Love,” which earned praise from The FADER, Harper’s Bazaar, The Line of Best Fit, The Guardian, and Atwood Magazine, among others.
‘Phase’ marks a facet of Bardo’s ambitious evolution, and represents an artist’s quest to make music that is entirely her own. At school in Manchester, Bardo met the members of Working Men’s Club, the chugging post-punk English band she would join. Yet she still itched to have full creative control over her music, which she uses as a means to understand herself better. “For me, music is about healing what is hurt inside of me. I heal by writing and talking about what troubles me. I’ve always been very lonely, and I’ve always been very emotional—these things inform my music quite a bit.”
Bardo’s first-written, debut solo single “Desire” earned attention from The Line of Best Fit and BBC Radio, and saw her enchant audiences at UK festivals like Neighbourhood, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape. Yet ‘Phase’ marks a defining moment for a forward-facing young artist, and comes with a stark warning: don’t get too comfortable. “Phase is a wave, you know; I get inspired and each time I write, it’s an evolution of what I wrote before.”
Bardo’s music illustrates her constantly changing world through journal-like observations that log each trauma and triumph, influenced by the music she grew up with (Italian musicians from the ‘60s such as Mina, Lucio Battisti, Patty Pravo, and other icons of that era like Nancy Sinatra) as well as her modern day heroines (Cate Le Bon, Angel Olsen, Aldous Harding, Lucy Dacus, Sharon Van Etten, Jessica Pratt and Weyes Blood, to name a few). She co-produced ‘Phase’ alongside The Orielles’ Henry Carlyle Wade at Stockport’s Eve Studios. “It was exciting,” Bardo recalls. “For the first time these songs feel like me.”
‘Phase’ will be released on March 6th via Wichita Recordings. Pre-order it HERE.
Julia Bardo Live Dates:
Feb 27 – Stoke, UK @ The Sugarmill *
Mar 01 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk *
Mar 02 – Bristol, UK @ SWX *
Mar 05 – London, UK – Annie Mac presents show @ Shacklewell Arms +
Mar 08 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Mar 11 – Manchester, UK @ YES
Mar 13 – Liverpool, UK @ Studio 2
Mar 14 – York, UK @ Fulford Arms
Mar 19 – London, UK @ Pin Ups
Mar 21 – Sheffield, UK @ Delicious Clam
Mar 28 – Halifax, UK @ Orange Box
* w/ The Orielles
1. Into Your Eyes
2. Please Don’t Tell Me
3. Lonely Morning
4. I Wanna Feel Love