Julien Chang will release his debut album Jules (Transgressive Records) on October 11. Today he drops a new single off the LP, “Memory Loss.” The track debuted via Billboard who note, “Chang builds his well of sensory information with a collage of bubbly syncopated blips and warbled synths that swirl above punchy percussion.” Of “Memory Loss” the nineteen-year-old multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Chang tells Billboard, “A worsening memory is something I’ve always been worried about. The song was made with a kind of structural rigidity in mind, and about memory’s natural lack of it when having trouble putting faces to names, for example. It’s easy to be frustrated by that feeling, but being left with a sudden emotional reaction sparked by some stimulus for an unclear reason can be as lovely as it is disorienting.”
Julien and his five-piece live band full of friends from school will embark on his first ever tour later this year with dates that include a headline show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on October 15. All dates are listed below, and tickets are available HERE.
A Baltimore native and current university student, Chang surprised his peers when he began quietly self-releasing music during his senior year of high school two years ago. “The record was brought to life by uncertainty and experimentation, just like most everything else in life is during the summer before senior year,” Chang explains. “Even in the last weeks of recording, I was unsure of what kind of album it would turn out to be, but I think that was the point of making it—to follow inspirations indiscriminately and to whatever extent I felt.” The self-produced, self-recorded and almost entirely self-performed debut album shows Chang’s fusing infectious pop melodies and experimental psych-rock with progressive jazz improvisation and sophisticated classical construction, all while spanning multiple instruments. Transgressive Records (SOPHIE, Let’s Eat Grandma, Neon Indian) took note and signed Chang to the label, allowing Jules to get its forthcoming proper release. Pre-order the album HERE.