In a musical landscape of predictable, manufactured sound, it comes as something of a shock when something genuinely arresting is released. Such is the case here, Julia Mascetti, having relocated from the UK to Japan, has brought the traditional folk of her homeland and allowed the influences of her new surroundings seep in. The result is a beguiling, haunting experience, featuring Julia, her harp and traditional Japanese sounds floating in and around her siren-like voice.
Julia has an arsenal of impressive musical instruments, from the traditional, towering six-foot harp; a smaller folk harp; to a small purple harp she has used when playing alongside metal bands – a true indicator that Julia is constantly looking to surprise and intrigue her audience. As well as being a freelance harpist, Julia is also a highly regarded blogger, reporting on expat life for women living in Tokyo.
“In Distance, Everything is Poetry” will delight fans of Joanna Newsom; Marina and the Diamonds and Kate Bush – a perfect introduction to a unique sound and a magical approach to storytelling through folk music from two very different cultural traditions.