Julia Bardo has revealed I Wanna Feel Love, her second single and her first since signing to Wichita as well as being the lead track from her debut EP Phase that is due out on March 6th. The track possesses the same timeless feel to it as her debut single Desire whilst referencing her Italian heritage at the same time.
Julia has now departed Working Men's Club, from where you might have recognised her if you weren't aware of her Desire single, in order to focus solely on her solo career - Desire won her plenty of admirers and record labels chasing her before Wichita won the battle for her signature.
I Wanna Feel Love is beautifully melodic, drenched in a sense of romantic optimism. She describes the song's inspiration - "“I was in a relationship that didn’t work for me. I felt like I lost my inspiration—There was no colour in my life. I started to think, 'Is this how I want my life to be? Is my life over at 24? Is this really the way I want to be loved?' So I started to write about the way I see love. I’ve always wanted to feel special for someone, I’ve always wanted a fiery and intense, passionate love. And eventually I got it."
The EP Phase features three additional tracks - Into Your Eyes, Please Don't Take Me and Lonely Morning.
It might be seen as a brave move to quit a band like Working Men's Club just as they appear to be on a cusp of a breakthrough, but when Julia explains the inspiration behind her art, that decision makes perfect sense - "For me, music is about healing what is hurt inside of me. I heal by writing and talking about what troubles me. I’ve always been very lonely, and I’ve always been very emotional - these things inform my music quite a bit.”
Julia Bardo is on Facebook and Twitter. She plays Stoke Sugarmill (February 27, with The Orielles), Brighton Chalk (March 1, with The Orielles), Bristol SWX (2, with The Orielles), London Annie Mac Presents at Shacklewell Arms (5), Leeds Headrow House (8), Manchester Yes (11), Derby The Venue (12), Liverpool Studio 2 (13), York Fulford Arms (14), London Pin Ups (19), Sheffield Delicious Clam (21) and Halifax Orange Box (28).