After years spent performing and recording with other artists and groups, Canadian-born, New York City-based Julia Kent found her own voice with her solo debut, Delay, an exploration of the private emotional worlds that exist within the disjunctions and disorientations of travel, hailed for its “lovely, melancholy” compositions, full of “aching romanticism…rich melodicism, and detailed arrangements.” She toured to support it throughout Europe and North America, and subsequently released an EP, Last Day in July.
In Green and Grey, her following solo record, she continued to use looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and the natural world, the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations, and the complexity and fragility of our relationships with one another and with the world that surrounds us.
She moved to the Leaf Label to release Character in 2013 and Asperities in 2015.
In addition to her solo albums, Julia Kent has composed a number of original film scores, as well as music for theatre and dance performances. She has toured throughout Europe and North America, including appearances at the Donau festival in Austria, Meltdown in London, the Unsound festival in New York City, CTM in Berlin, and Mutek in Montreal.
“Darkly evocative” ****Mojo
“The finesse and dexterity of these compositions makes Asperities her most complete record to date. Essential.” Drowned in Sound
“A masterclass in tonal diversity, expressionist narrative and finespun drama… Recommended without reservation, Asperities is an edifying and invigorating spectacle.” ***** The Skinny
“Asperities is Julia Kent’s most mesmerizing album. Every moment is shot through with tones that entrance and moods that transfix.” The Out Door
“This is a cinematic journey, meticulously sculpted to keep you on the edge.” Headphone Commute
“Accessible yet deep…Her new album offers a mix of pensive, emotional tunes and the stringed equivalent of bangers.” A Closer Listen
“Julia’s fully devoted to the exploration of the relationship between emotive cello-generated constructions and electronic manipulation. Her new record demonstrates brilliantly how fruitful, fascinating and effective this relationship can be.” Igloo Music