Julie Odell has released the single ‘Cardinal Feather’ along with the announcement of her forthcoming album Autumn Eve which is out in September.
‘Cardinal Feather’ is a number of songs all smooshed into one and it breaks one of the unwritten song rules about not speeding up and slowing down in the song. But Odell is in good company: Ike & Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary’, Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’ and the biggest of them all Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody. And it works spectacularly well beginning at a canter with tumbling drums and clanging guitar over which Julie Odell’s vocal line and Carolina Chauffe’s amazing harmonies swoop like a flock of cardinals. There are pauses where it feels like the song will slow to an end, but it gently rolls along and even throws in an Eastern feel to the tune halfway through.
But despite the gloriously boisterous joy the song conveys it was “born out of a panic attack”. Odell says “It’s about finding support in the dark times and finding the strength within to be gentle with yourself. It’s about accepting help when you need it and not being ashamed for needing it.” she explains of the new track, “It can be hard to feel seen when you can’t fully recognize yourself in moments of extreme anxiety and confusion. I’m thankful for the people who have stuck around after all the moments like this that I’ve had, along with so many others.”
This mercurial delight is a great herald for September’s album and Autumn Eve is being released on 30th September through Frenchkiss Records
Julie Odell will play some UK dates later this year.
Photo by Olivia Perillo
Review by Paul F Cook