Whimsical French inspired indie-pop prodigy, Gal Musette, released the haunting and mesmerizing single “Julia” on August 27th, ahead of her debut album. “Julia” is about adolescent loneliness, fear, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trust issues and the struggle of mental health. Julia represents the imaginary friend that we find in ourselves when we can’t trust anyone. All of these themes are wrapped up into haunting yet lush piano chords, as well as tender vocals and a warm delicate melody.
On the surface level, the song has a beautiful melody and sound, but underneath the lyrics, the song is rather haunting. Julia, the namesake of the song, is the type of character that makes everything fall into place, someone who is always there. She is that person you depend on like a crutch when feelings of anxiety overwhelm you, either real or imaginary.
“Julia” is off of her forthcoming album “Backwards Lullaby” which was released October 1st. The album features a vocal duet with one of her biggest musical inspirations, Rufus Wainwright. The upcoming album explores the pangs of hopeless romances and unrequited love, what it’s like to move beyond idealized love into the acceptance of what is real and constant, as well as the cyclical nature of life and love in relationships.
A music video for the single has been released as well; bringing to life the lyrics and the meaning of the song. The music video presents a “desolate ghost story of a woman who finds pleasure in her melancholy and loneliness while she looks for and finds play with a woman who may or may not be her, another woman, or exist as a physical being at all.”
Gal Musette is the nom de plum of Grace Freeman, a musical prodigy who began writing piano-based lyrical compositions and performing at open mics in her home city of San Clemente, CA at the age of 10. Her graceful approach to melody-driven indie-folk and French chansons has captured audiences all over Southern California. At age 14, inspired by The Magnetic Fields’ triple album 69 Love Songs, Gal recorded her own collection titled 70 Love Songs, which caught the attention of the band, and won her an opening slot on a few of their Midwestern U.S. tour dates. In more recent years, Gal has opened for several renowned artists such as Macy Gray, Suzanne Vega, Todd Snyder, and Donavon Frankenreiter. While her artist name is taken from ball-musette, the accordion-based, waltz-style French instrumental music, Gal’s primary inspiration is drawn from songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Bjork, Cocteau Twins, Burt Bacharach, Irving Berlin, and The Cure. She has also received acclaim from the likes of Earmilk, Cool Hunting, Atwood Magazine, and Buzzbands among others.
“Julia” is availble to stream on platforms, and the music video is available on YouTube. Make sure to also listen to her album, Backwards Lullaby, which was released on October 1st. To keep updated on Gal Musette and her music, check out her links below!