Album: People Watching
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Genre: Indie Pop
Jules is a Toronto indie-pop artist whose first full-length album People Watching dropped this month: An impressive feat considering Jules is only 17. Her age is also notable given it’s almost hard to believe such a soulful voice belongs to a teenager.
Overall the album has an old-school feel as many of the songs use a classic disco beat and funky guitar rifts for their backing. However, this nostalgic air is counterbalanced by Jules deep voice and lyrics that would relate well to a current generation. This is definitely a good album for the modern day dance floor.
A standout on the album for me was definitely the track ‘Fools Gold’ which, besides being a light, fun, dance hit, also contains some profound musings about internet celebrity. I was particularly struck by the line “I refuse to be someone’s wet dream\because I want to be someone, not something.” Another standout is the track “Before You Picked Her” which uses a Spanish guitar to turn a song about an indecisive lover into a flamenco-pop hybrid.
Jules is definitely an artist to watch as I can only imagine how maturity will improve an already stellar debut.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.