“A Couple Highs” Julia Shapiro

Chastity Belt singer/guitarist Julia Shapiro, will release her debut solo album Perfect Vision on June 14th, via Hardly Art. Julia recorded virtually every instrument on Perfect Version herself. Along with the news, Shapiro has shared a video for “A Couple Highs.” The clip was shot in her hometown of Seattle, and directed by Claire Buss.

Julia Shapiro
Perfect Version
Hardly Art

01. Natural
02. Parking Lot
03. Shape
04. Tired
05. Harder To Do
06. Around The Block
07. A Couple Highs
08. Perfect Version
09. I Lied
10. Empty Cup

On Perfect Version

Over the course of a tumultuous year of trying to find stability amidst depression and surgery, Shapiro ultimately rediscovered the parts of music that she loved through the process. Her perfectionist qualities create an album that shines in tiny lyrical moments and meticulous guitar parts. “When the rest of my life felt out of control, I felt like this was my chance to be in control of everything,” says Shapiro. She plays all the instruments (save for a mouth trumpet solo by Darren Hanlon and guest violin by Annie Truscott) and after recording and mixing the first batch of four songs at the Vault studio with Ian LeSage decided to record the final six tracks alone in her apartment, adding drums in the studio later and learning to mix them with the help of her friend David Hrivnak. Perfect Version is a fully realized vision from a gifted songwriter finding a more intimate voice. “So what comes next?” she questions on the album closer “Empty Cup” which explores the quiet satisfaction of being alone with yourself and creating a blank slate. “A lasting sense of self,” she concludes.

Julia Shapiro
Live Dates

05.02.19 – Aldinga, AU – Cooee Arthouse
05.03.19 – Adelaide, AU – The Golden Wattle
05.04.19 – Broken Hill, AU – The Palace Hotel
05.05.19 – Quorn, AU – Emily’s Bistro
05.08.19 – Alice Springs, AU – Epilogue Lounge
05.11.19 – Katherine, AU – Block Gigs
05.12.19 – Darwin, AU – The Railway Club
06.01.19 – Seattle, WA – Inscape Arts Bash
06.27.19 – Seattle, WA – Barboza