NEW Music: Julian Velard

I am beyond thrilled to hold Julian Velard’s new album, The Planeteer in my hands. This album has been brewing for a few years now. Julian recently moved back to the states (from the UK) and released it independently. Born and raised in NYC, Julian is sure to be warmly welcomed home by fans at the Bowery Ballroom tonight. For those who have never experienced Julian Velard, I can best describe his music as cabaret pop. A bit like Elton John meets Rufus Wainwright. He’s got a deep, rich voice that masterfully tells compelling and relatable stories. His piano-playing lays down a strong foundation for his songs…but at the same time it’s still very fluid.

“Joni” starts off The Planeteer with a bang. It’s got a fun beat and beautiful strings that add to the song’s full sound. Track two, “Automatic”, is another one of my favorites. It starts out nice and easy and picks up some speed and some horns that make for a really dynamic chorus. I also really like the catchy “Jimmy Dean and Steve McQueen” which was released as a single last year. The album ends with a great acoustic version of “Love Again For The First Time” which reminds me of something you’d hear at the climax of a broadway show. My absolute favorite track is “A Dream”. It’s a slow love song that gives me goosebumps and almost brings me to tears each and every time I listen. Check out The Planeteer …you will not be disappointed.

See Julian LIVE:

Thursday, December 10th
The Bowery Ballroom
NY, New York
w/ Ryan Montbleau Band
Doors: 8pm/$18

Friday, December 11th
Bearsville Theatre
Woodstock, NY
w/ Ryan Montbleau Band
Doors: 8pm/$15

Saturday, December 12th
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA
w/ Ryan Montbleau Band
Doors: 6pm/$16

Julian Velard
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The Planeteer

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2 responses to “NEW Music: Julian Velard

  1. Fantastic post, I favorited your site so I can visit again in the near future, Thanks, Trenton Mclauglin

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