Yesterday, chillwave newcomer Julian Hartwig-Hansen aka. Bye July released ‘Reworked Tape’ – containing 7 songs floating around the subject of how to deal with a break up.
For some reason, I had a different idea of what I was about to hear, when i first started playing this release. The first track, ‘Spin Of Threads (feat. Sidse Lund Hendriksen and Peter Hansgaard)’, starts out with organic instruments, which indeed was a pleasant surprise and it has this smooth transition to the part I expected to hear.
In general, this release is heavily featured. 6 out of 7 songs have guest vocals, all from female singers who all have different takes on it, but still there’s this similarity between them.
‘Nighttown’ is the only song where Julian does the singing, smothered in effects (i think), but he does a decent job and it is extremely welcomed with a male vocal.
Now, the songs are different from each other, and based on different effects and such, but it works out great with the whole album being coping with the same theme and making the transitions between the songs quite elegant, but there’s still a lack of diversity with the female guests who sound like they’re inspired by the same few pop sensations.
My favourite on this album must the ‘Let Me (feat. Gry)’, the final chapter to ‘Reworked Tape’. The song is a bit more catchy, it’s a better production, a better sound and it is by far, in my opinion, the best feature. The genre actually suits Gry quite well, even though it’s really different from her work with Carl & Gry.
There’s no doubt Bye July is talented, and the media coverage received lately is definitely deserved. However, this is a difficult genre to “compete” in, but Julian Hartwig-Hansen is definitely on to something here. He’s about 20 years old, masters classical music and everything he needs is just to keep going, and in time he might just reach that level that makes it just a tiny bit funnier.
"There’s no doubt Bye July is talented, and the media coverage received lately is definitely deserved. However, this is a difficult genre to “compete” in, but Julian Hartwig-Hansen is definitely on to something here"