Swedish singer-songwriter and composer Julia Nilsson mixes the more traditional inclinations of pop, jazz and classical music with a whirring and constantly shifting experimentalism. Beginning with her debut record, 2015’s “Oceans,” which was inspired by a series of interviews she conducted with people who share a strong emotional connection with her, she has spent most of her time bridging these genres and finding new ways in which to combine and reshape these varying sounds. Adding into the mix a volatile and rampant emotionality, Nilsson address the details of personal and universal experiences in unique and persuasive ways.
With comparisons made to artists such as Carole King and Regina Spektor, Nilsson had developed an aesthetic which allows her to simultaneously draw from the past while placing it all with a modern context. She released an EP, “Blooming in the Dark,” in 2016 which continued her work in deconstructing these expansive rhythmic histories even as she paid sincere homage to the musicians who have so obviously influenced her own musical trajectory. She is currently set to release a new EP, “Deep Down I Buried My Heart,” on April 12 via Youth Recordings.
On recent single, “When the Spring Comes,” Nilsson concocts a mesmerizing blend of classical rhythms, folk subtlety and acres of subdued pop persuasion. The song is filled with a glacial beauty, masterfully using space as an integral part of its construction. Resonant piano lines glide through orchestral flourishes and slight electronic framing, held aloft by the dizzying movements of her voice. She establishes and maintains a sense of rejuvenation and new beginnings, of inherent possibilities and continued growth.
The accompanying video, directed by Adam Bejstam, reinforces these ideas, with the clip finding a man recording what appears to be an old abandoned house, possibly from his own childhood and documenting its changes. He finds a tree growing inside the home and transplants it, providing a new home and environment for the sapling. Set against the melodic renewal of Nilsson’s work, it inspires hope and an anticipation of better things to come.