Jill & Julia first came to the attention of many radio listeners in 2014 with their first single "Wildfire." Now the duo are ready to make a bigger impact with their latest EP Cursed (Lamon Records), which released on February 10th.
Much like the black and white cover art, Cursed has an overall brooding tone with haunting melodies that are on full display beginning with the opening track, "Sounds." The four other originals, all written by the siblings, showcase their lovely, dynamic harmonies alongside an entrancing sound slightly reminiscent of The Cranberries. "Smoke and Mirrors" with its plucky banjo, might be the most up tempo song, but deals with the complexities in relationships as does the piano laden "Trance."
In addition to the five originals, including their current single "Cursed," the EP includes two covers, "Achy Breaky Heart" (yes, that one) and Lorde's "Royals." Both are unexpected, stripped down takes on the popular songs that makes each a fresh new listen.
Jill & Julia have a distinctive and intriguing sound, much different than what you are currently hearing on terrestrial radio. If you are looking for something different in a sea of much of the same, look no further than Cursed.
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