Julia Klee: Big Charade
There’s a new movement in Americana music with which I feel somewhat conflicted. I hesitate to use the word hipster, but for lack of a better word, there’s a hipster/country trend going on that is completely void of authenticity or vision. (It goes without saying that making music for the sake of “being cool” is decidedly uncool.)
I’m happy to report that it is with genuine intentions and a massive talent that Julia Klee incorporates folk, rock, and country alongside plucky, bright vocals that carry a hefty amount of twang. Her album, Big Charade, has succeeded in walking the delicate line between true inspiration and soulless imitation. She’s been able to pull from those Root music traditions while providing a contemporary twist on her folk/country sound, making it more widely relate-able.
Klee’s voice draws comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Mindy Smith, and Jenny Lewis, and particularly shines on the songs “Big Charade” and “Wedding Song.” My personal favorite though, has to be the album’s opening number “Rabbit Hole.” It has an interesting intermingling of piano and fiddle, quirky vocals, and a catchy rhythm.
When you write about music, you are inevitably going to be presented with material that you don’t like or can’t personally relate to. That is not the case here. Julia Klee’s Big Charade is a welcome addition to my musical collection and one that I’m ultimately thankful landed on my desk. Check it out, won’t you?
And here’s a wonderful live living-room take of another song from Big Charade, “Elephants.”