Album Of the Week- The Julia Mosley band- Illuminate the Night

Art Credit: Stephanie Law
 

Julia Mosley is a rare talent in today's music industry. The Stoke-on-Trent native was coached by ex-Leave's Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine, who describes Julia as 'Outstanding'. Mosley's evocative and diverse vocal range has won her much-coveted praise from the world of music.

Recorded and produced by Tom Carter at The Riff Factory in Stoke-On-Trent, England. Illuminate The Night was released a couple of years back. Julia Mosley combines Gothic Poetry and dazzling string arrangements with her immense vocal range to capture many emotions within. The lineup is completed by Paul Adams (bass/guitar), Tom Carter (lead guitar/drums), Dan Hulme (drums), Joe Wood (drums) and Charlotte Bettson joins Julia Mosley on backing vocals.

The LP begins with 'Obsession at Night' which is a dark and vivid combination of lung-busting howls and atmospheric music that reminds me of a certain revived musician by the name of Kate Bush. The haunting 'Down by the River' follows. Mosley expresses warmth and sorrow over enchanting keys and thick, bluesy guitar solos.

Julia Mosley is supported by a talented backing band, which gives the vocalist time to explore her vocal range. Mosley expresses an array of emotions such as heartache in the lead single 'I Wear Black', told through excellent imagery in her lyrics. Mosley combines with Bettson to produce multi-layered vocals. The towering melodies juxtapose with a low vocal performance that conveys those raw emotions behind the track. The album grows through confidence and high production values. The lyrical poetry adds to this with each verse amplified by the moving vocal performances here. 'The Orchard' is an elegant and emotive example of this. 'A Garden of Black  Roses' is an ethereal ballad, slowly built towards a dramatic finale. Mosley sounds especially haunting, as she sings over striking beats.

'Prince Of My Heart' shows The Julia Mosley Band don't just make damning gothic music. It is a beautiful ballad with pop elements and a powerful performance on the piano. Each song builds up tension and emotion that keeps the listener gripped. 'On Your Own' completes this journey with a hook-laden chorus and percussive guitar beats. Rating 9/10

Overall, The Julia Mosley Band provide ample listening in anticipation for their upcoming follow-up in 2023.

Words by Anselm Anderson

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