“It’s just a combination of words that somehow make sense, fused with my subconscious issue regarding my height,” explains genre-jumping artist Julia Bhatt about her debut single “Tall” which is released today via DSPs and online streaming services. Fusing indie pop and rapid-fire tongue-twisting vocals with a fierce bossa nova backbone, the single finds the 17 year-old Miami native playfully experimenting with rhythms, melodies and musical time signatures. Working with producer and mentor Elliot Jacobson (Elle King, Ingrid Michaelson, Verite), Julia’s fresh and uniquely signature vocals (reminiscent of a youthful Amy Winehouse and Macy Gray) duck in and out of acoustic guitars, a heavy bass drum and an infectious Latin-inspired beat.
“Honestly, I didn’t really find a meaning for the song until I started performing it more,” she explains. “I originally wrote it as a sort of bossa nova, but Elliot helped me transform it and take it to new levels. He brought an entirely new energy to it.”
With an ear for unique sounds and styles, her music is infused with the broad array of influences from the music with which she grew up – her mom specialized in more of the classic rock side, whereas her dad showed her the smooth yacht rock of the 70s. Add to the mix modern influences like Rat Boy and the indie rock, pop and alternative that her older sister introduced her to, Julia’s concoction is an ear-opening mixture that defies categorization. Writing engaging, fun hooks with great beats, she juxtaposes her honest storytelling that reflects observations about teenage life in the melting pot of Miami with deeply introspective lyrics on her on-going struggles with mental health.
“Tall” is just the first of many new songs Julia will be releasing soon. With an exciting fresh batch of songs dropping starting today with “Tall,” Julia is ready to debut her material onto an unsuspecting world.