With this CD, you will also receive some sage to burn while you listen to Spirits and ward off any evil spirits of your own.
Julia Rainer sings her truth. With a foundation of love, loss, grief, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, recovery, and awakening, she has a strong belief in honesty, compassion, and the wisdom of experience. Inspired by those who have come before her—Hank Williams, Odetta, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Tom Verlaine, and Jenny Lewis—she seeks to make music that empathizes. Raw guitar playing, simple folk song structure, and soulful, hauntingly sung lyrics define her sound. Sometimes compared to Hope Sandoval, Julien Baker, Sinead O’Connor, Cat Power, and Alanis Morrissette, Julia finds herself in good company.
Julia has quickly found a foothold in the now-flooded Philadelphia music scene. Her new album “Spirits,” out now via Creep Records (digital, CD, Cassette) is the culmination of her tireless work on her craft through her years of trials and tribulations. Spirits is both devastating and hopeful with an honestly that excludes any pretentiousness. Julia Rainer bares her soul and new fans at her shows find a deep comfort in both the way the lyrics relate to them and the way the songs commiserate with those that feel or have felt lost for any reason throughout their lives. Everything that is found in speaking with Julia for a moment shows in her music: kindness, empathy and compassion. It is no wonder that Philadelphia wants Julia Rainer to succeed. It is the best compliment to an artist, that their fans believe it to be truly important that others hear their message. Spirits is one of those albums. Julia Rainer is one of those artists.
“Julia Rainer will haunt you. With an air of mystery and transience, the South Philly singer-guitarist's songs evoke the roaring ghost-folk of 16 Horsepower ("Insomnia"), the androgynous duets of Antony ("Spinning the Wheel") and the brittle soul of PJ Harvey ("Living in the Dark"). But there's breathtaking beauty amid the disquiet, like a warm voice on a midwinter night.”
-John Vettese, XPN Philly
1.When U Wake
3.I Am She
5.O, my child!
6.move + shake
7.Living in the Dark
8.It’s not me, it’s you
10. Can’t Survive