Julie Arsenault + Bradley Lauretti at the Velvet Room

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Velvet Room, Carrer de l'Aviació, 5, Barcelona

For years, Julie Arsenault has been Canada's best kept secret. In 2014, the Toronto-based singer- songwriter released The Creature That I Call Myself, an album filled with harrowing tales of loss and heartbreak hidden beneath the catchiest of pop tunes. The record was released only on Bandcamp without any fancy marketing campaigns but soon became a cult hit. Six years later, the Barcelona based label Son Canciones reissued the masterpiece worldwide, adding four powerful songs to the original album. Nothing Sweeter is her second studio album and was recorded in a couple of chilly Canadian winter days. The album is a desperate cry from a place of deep silence, treating topics like depression, social awkwardness and sexism with heart-wrenching rawness and tender honesty. Musically, Julie Arsenault has been compared to Haley Heynderickx and Phoebe Bridgers while she herself admits to being inspired by the nostalgic beats of the '50s and '60s.

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 "Following on from 2021’s Go With the Flow, the fifth album from David Bradley Lauretti’s This Frontier Needs Heroes, this spring sees the project return with a new song series titled Every Song is a Single. The first taste of this new material comes with the ironically titled ‘Not Gonna Write a Song’, a wry take on a break-up number which sees Lauretti break his own promise in real-time. A song about resisting the urge to write. But despite this playful humour, the sound itself commits to a subdued warmth. Earnest and reflective, caught between looking back and moving on. Lauretti is gonna continue to write songs, and the world is all the better for it." -Various Small Flames 

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This Frontier Needs Heroes’ song of longing for that heart’s ship that passed in the night. Lauretti’s songwriting instincts immediately draw you in to an all-too-familiar emotional space of yearning.”

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