Julia with Blue Jeans On - JAGJAGUWAR
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Katrina Nattress on November 1, 2013
Spencer Krug grew up playing classical piano, and in his years fronting indie bands he lost touch with this particular skill set. In an effort to get back to his roots, the former Wolf Parade co-frontman stripped his sound for his third album as Moonface. There are no effects, no over-dubs, no electronic elements whatsoever; there’s only piano and vocals. Self-described as a love record, Krug reveals a new vulnerable side of himself on Julia with Blue Jeans On. Pattering piano keys pave the way as Krug passionately admits his flaws, his fears and ultimately his love for the album’s namesake—a Finnish seamstress who stole Krug’s heart. In a time where overzealous production reigns king, this barebones form is less than accessible, but Krug took the risk and consequently produced the most authentic collection of music he’s ever created.