From honey-sweet falsetto to menacing growl, the voice of Julia Deans has offered light and shade to a variety of musical endeavours over the years. From fronting Fur Patrol’s muscular pop-rock to her electro-pop stylings with Tiki Taane; from coconspirator with renowned supergroup The Adults to sultry chanteuse in Silo Theatre's production BREL; Deans has never shied from adding new strings to her bow.
After slipping off her shoes as the charismatic front woman for Fur Patrol, Julia has left her Melbourne home of ten years and returned to NZ to step effortlessly into the role of solo artist – delivering some of her most exquisite songs yet in the beautiful debut album Modern Fables.
Released in 2010 to critical acclaim, Modern Fables earned her a swag of nominations for several coveted musical accolades including the Taite Music Prize, the APRA Silver Scroll (for "A New Dialogue") and Best Female Solo Artist and Best Pop Album at the NZ Music Awards. The album was recorded over a few months with close friends & peers in various studios and homes across Melbourne, Berlin, & her childhood hometown Christchurch. From the elegant torchsong opener "Little Survivor" through to the wide-horizon country twang of "High and Clear" and the ethereal artpop excursions of Skin, this collection of songs showcases a consummate talent capable of musical storytelling that moves and inspires.
While many artists blessed with such a fine voice would be content to rely solely on this ability alone, it’s her combination of sharp lyrics and a conscious pop sound in conjunction with her superior vocal talent which sets Julia Deans apart. In concert she is as warm as she is honest, proving herself a larrikin storyteller as well as a mesmerising performer.
Following a busy couple of years of musical adventures and collaborations, Julia is putting the final touches on a new collection of songs for her follow up album We Light Fire, due for release in 2015.
"These are some of the best songs the band's former front woman has yet written or sung." - Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times
“Julia’s performance lulls you into your favourite dream while still commanding your total undivided attention." Chugg Entertainment.
"Possessing the voice and songwriting skills that she does, Julia Deans is arguably our best female singer, and should be considered one of our musical treasures." –Amanda Mills, NZ Musician
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