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Julia Mascetti, having relocated from the UK to Japan, has brought the traditional folk of her homeland and allowed the influences of her new surroundings seep in. The result is a beguiling, haunting experience, featuring Julia, her harp and traditional Japanese sounds floating in and around her siren-like voice.
The EP is centred not just around her own feelings of being far away from a familiar land but of loss, disillusion and memories, which is evoked through delicate, spidery vignettes which evolve like dark fairy tales. There's a Lynchian/Waitsian atmosphere which hints at sadness and loss but which balances this with a feeling that it is far more of a warning than a threat.
Julia has an arsenal of impressive musical instruments, from the traditional, towering six-foot harp; a smaller folk harp; to a small purple harp she has used when playing alongside metal bands - a true indicator that Julia is constantly looking to surprise and intrigue her audience. As well as being a freelance harpist, Julia is also a highly regarded blogger, reporting on expat life for women living in Tokyo.
"In Distance, Everything
is Poetry" is a perfect introduction to a unique sound and a magical approach to storytelling through folk music from two very different cultural traditions.