Title - 'Abandon All Hope of Fruition'
Artist - Juie Mintz
For those not in the know, Julie Mintz is an American alternative singer-songwriter, musician, and actress.
The south Texas-bred, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter joined Moby's band as a backup singer and keyboardist in 2011 and in 2015, Moby produced her debut EP The Thin Veil (culled from a collection of over fifty songs Mintz had written before joining his band).
The sound has been described as Gothic Americana, while Entertainment Weekly calls Mintz's music "an elegant and bewitching blend of Americana and orchestral pop that sits somewhere between Gillian Welch and Lana Del Rey".
Released last month via Daughters of Cain Records, LLC, Mintz's debut album, Abandon All Hope of Fruition is out now.
1. 'Tired to the Bone'
2. 'Want to Feel Wanted'
3. 'Country Roads, Take Me Home'
4. 'A Time'
5. 'Bow and Arrow'
6. 'The Reason'
8. 'Hard Needle to Thread'
9. 'The Sorrow Tree'
10. 'The River'
11. 'Til She Disappears'
In bringing the album to life, Mintz teamed up with producer David Jerkovich and musicians like Ben Peeler (a pedal steel guitarist known for his work with Father John Misty, Dawes, and Shelby Lynne), Tripp Beam (Moby’s longtime drummer), and Mindy Jones (a singer who joined Mintz in creating the radiant harmonies woven throughout the songs).
It begins sedately with the beautiful ballad 'Tired to the Bone,' and then backs that up with both the piano-led 'Want to Feel Wanted' and a deep, breathy, mournful rendition of John Denver's infamous 'Country Roads, Take Me Home.'
The album's pace is picked up for the first time on the mid-tempo storytelling of 'A Time,' before an acoustic delight in the form of 'Bow and Arrow.' ("The closer I pull you, the further you fly"). The gently twanging 'The Reason' is another much in the same balladeer vein with the perky jaunt 'Wildflowers' along next.
The soft shuffle sound of 'Hard Needle to Thread' makes this one of my own personal favorites and that's followed by the softly sung 'The Sorrow Tree.' A gospel-tinged resonance flows freely within 'The River,' and then the album rounds out with the lonely country cut, 'Til She Disappears.'
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