Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne

Infinity's Song, Suno Deko

Fri, January 27, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY

This event is 21 and over

Julie Byrne 'Not Even Happiness' Release Show
Julie Byrne 'Not Even Happiness' Release Show
A more confident beast than her debut, Not Even Happiness adds atmospheric instrumentation and electronic flourishes to Julie Byrne's unusual guitar tunings and fingerpicked melodies, moving the songs from the front-porch into subtle anthemia. Not Even Happiness is released January 27th on Badabing in North America and on the same day she will play the songs in the flesh at Rough Trade.


Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not for Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn. Often what comes naturally cannot be driven by speed and time. Julie's second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality.

Some of the songs on Not Even Happiness took years of fine tuning to reach their fruition. If you asked her why the follow up to 2014's Rooms With Walls and Windows has taken so long, you'd be greeted with a bewildered expression melted into a smile - as though the strangest question had just been asked. "Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth. It took me up to this point to have the capacity to express my experience of the time in my life that these songs came from."

Julie Byrne has counted Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans and Northampton, Massachusetts as her transient homes in recent years. For now, she's settled in New York City, moonlighting as a seasonal urban park ranger in Central Park. Whether witnessing the Pacific Northwest for the first time ('Melting Grid'), the morning sky in the mountains of Boulder ('Natural Blue'), or a journey fragrant with rose water; reading Frank O'Hara aloud from the passengers seat during a drive through the Utah desert into the rainforest of Washington State ('The Sea As It Glides'), Not Even Happiness is Julie's beguilingly ode to the fringes of life.

"The title of the album comes from a letter I wrote to a friend after a trip to Riis Park's 'The People's Beach', it was the first warm afternoon of the year. I walked alongside the Atlantic as the Earth came alive for the sun. There was a palpable sense of emergence to everything. I felt it in myself too, and remember thinking I would trade that feeling for nothing...not even happiness."

Press quotes

"With grace and acuity, Byrne shows how the most commonplace aspects of life can turn supernatural if you tilt your eye a way, how the simplest things-melodies, open space, the sky-are often the strongest." - Pitchfork

"With her softly echoing guitar and slight strings, Byrne channels some ancient wavelength, then suddenly sticks a pin in the universal." - NPR

"So perfect it's hard to believe it's real... Songs that feel complete, fully formed, as if they came to us via nature." - USA Today
Infinity's Song
Infinity's Song
Infinity’s Song was formed in 2014 as a division of the Peace Industry Music Group. The group is led by 3 siblings. Additional family members perform on occasion. Since its formation Infinity’s Song has consistently performed around NYC. Lead singers Abraham, Victory, and Angel have been singing on stages both small and great and have been featured on National Television (NBC’sThe Today Show and ABC’s the View) and in National and local newspapers. Infinity’s Song members are not only singers but also songwriters, arrangers, and music producers. They are releasing a recording project in August of 2015.
Suno Deko
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249