EP Review: Julia Krueger - for(e)go (Independent, 28 October 2017)

EP Review:
Julia Krueger - for(e)go
(Independent, 28 October 2017)

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Forget that Julia Krueger is only 15 years old when you listen to the music or take note of her clever and inventive lyrics. for(e)go is the first release for the California-based singer/songwriter with roots in middle America.

Julia began playing the piano at the tender age of five, and starting writing songs shortly afer that. After the move to Cali from Ohio in her early teens, Julia went through a rough patch of debilitating illness that disrupted her daily life, but left her focused on her composition. She wrote and recorded the first track on the EP - Flamethrower - at 14, adding another four new tracks over the next year.

She has an expressive voice with a soft edge, often playing off against a spare keyboard line. The production is clean yet still expressive, adding layers of instrumentation. The lyrics are predominant, observant and poetic. From Pavement,

There's a fracture in the glass
My validation is a mirror
There's a mask I'd like to wear
Although it covers my ears...

She touches on LGBT and religious themes, enduring mental illness, and other weighty issues. It's an impressive debut at any age.

Track List:
1. Flamethrower
2. Pavement
3. Three Days
4. Quarter Year Conflict
5. Blue Thread
6. Pavement (Acoustic)

Personnel: Julia Krueger: Vocals and Keyboards/Piano; Elliot Koenig: Guitar; Edoardo Talenti: Drums; Tim Gaisser: Drums; AJ Polidoro: Bass; Claire Mehm: Cello

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