Julie Slonecki, producer and singer-songwriter, drops her latest LP today, Emancipation, a title and collection that acknowledges the “difficult journey of both recognizing and freeing oneself from the negative internal voices that so often hold us back,” she says. Though she’s released under her name in the past, this record is a product of her project, Slone.
Composed entirely using a loop pedal and Slonecki’s Fender Strat, Emancipation doesn’t dwell on the negative; rather, optimism shines through in its uplifting, anthemic melodies.
Here’s more info on how each song evolved, from the source’s mouth. Take it away, Julie:
For me, the first track “Sunrise” really set the tone for the album, with its infectious melodies and upbeat rhythm. It came at a time when I needed to inject some positivity in my life — I think writing songs is often an act of therapy. In fact, this whole collection of songs really became a love letter to the self.
02 “GET IT RIGHT”
With its growly bass tone and driving floor toms, “Get It Right” is powerful and instantly ear-catching. The distorted vocals add to the grungy atmosphere of this song, which at its heart is saying, hey, no one has the answer, “there’s no secret truth,” and that making mistakes is okay. We don’t have to hold on to this perfectionist idea of ourselves.
03 “FREE FROM ME”
This track, co-written with hip-hop artist, RGB, features layered vocal harmonies, and a fun, relaxed reggae groove. It addresses something we don’t often talk about as artists — that negative voice that can live in our heads, and the ensuing struggle to push it aside and overcome it. I think for me it was really important to get it out into the world, and by acknowledging it, I gained some power over it.
[image-2] 04 “THINNER”
I have often felt that when you have really close friends and family, we actually take little pieces of each other when we part ways. So in a way, I have traveled everywhere my friends have. But it’s also acknowledging that in today’s world, it’s easy to feel too spread out, with all of these pieces of you living all across the globe.
This song is really the culmination of the “love letter,” repeating the phrase “learn to make yourself feel good.” We so often ignore ourselves and self-love in favor of pleasing others, and it was a lesson I was trying to learn myself. It’s learning to make happiness a present choice, instead of looking toward “what’s far away, ’cause we don’t see the imperfections.”
With a downtempo, anthemic vibe, “Home” is such a hopeful and beautiful song. The chorus croons “In this messy world I hope we all find our way home” — There is so much sadness and struggle in the world, and so much negativity, but it’s my sincerest hope that everyone is able to find a home where they can be their truest self. I think showing compassion for each other is best cure we have for the mess of the world.
The only track on the album about someone else, this song for me was a fitting close to the journey because only when you deal with your own internal demons can you really love someone else in a true and positive way. I found someone amazing who has supported me in every way, and I thought it was a fitting tribute for the conclusion of the self-love letter that is Emancipation.
You can listen to Emancipation now here: