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Self-taught on guitar, for a time she provided the chugging post-punk as a member of Working Men’s Club; curious beyond her comfort zone, for new paths of sonic discovery. Emerging as a learned musician, Julia’s solo outstepping saw her play live on BBC radio, perform in a museum, and enchant audiences at Manchester Psych Festival, Neighbourhood, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape. And her first-written song became debut single ‘Desire,’ its flickering video playfully teasing at the romance of a bygone era.
With Julia’s refreshing view of the world, playing it safe was never going to be on the cards as she considers her next move, on her own terms, excited for whatever sits around the corner.
“In her chords, the four walls fell away. It felt like a bedroom set; just you, Julia, and her sweet serenades. Each track came with a chirpsy conversation you’d have with an old friend. Slight giggles at the technical difficulties and the ‘aw’s after she told us her emotions playing in her second ‘hometown’.” - The Rodeo Mag Live Review
“If anything, above all else tonight proves the absolute gorgeousness of her songs. Is it hip to write catchy tunes these days? Something tells me Julia Bardo cares not a jot for fashions and whatnot. It’s a tricky tightrope to balance, the honest celebration of melodies and yet somehow staying apart and special.” - Bido Lito Live Review
“melodic jewel that carries a sense of contemplation, a lyrical introversion that aims for survival and self-acceptance” - Clash
“a beautiful battle for the musical soul of [It’s Okay (To Not Be Okay)], as the delightful vocal harmonies sit in perfect contrast to the deceptively noisy backing, resplendent with driving rhythms and loose Velvet Underground-like guitar clatter. With each new release, Julia Bardo seems to further refine her sound, gradually honing in on something rather magical and uniquely her own.” - The Fat Angel Sings
“Bardo’s voice is deeply infectious, and [Lonely Morning] once again lodges it in your brain” - Secret Meeting
“her silky vocals and imploring lyrics sitting above a soundscape that’s equal parts Joni Mitchell and Phil Spector.” - Manchester Evening News
“her voice is instantly recognizable and quite unique. There are no other female singers on the UK music scene at the moment who would sound even remotely similar to her, which basically leaves her in a league of her own. She also doesn’t shy away from singing in her own native language, this again adds to her credibility. On the front of originality, Bardo emerges as an absolute winner.” -Indie Midlands
“The Raw EP not only displays vastly enjoyable reworkings of some of Julia Bardo’s favourite tracks but also reveals a multitude of her other musical facets equally well and serves to predict the even greater heights she will surely reach with her debut.” -Words for Music