New Jersey singer and songwriter Alex Julia takes on the world of self-reflection with this brilliantly nostalgic, organic and honest depiction of chronic illness and deteriorating mental health.
Adopting a deeply personal, intimate approach to writing and performance, Alex questions the very nature of the self with ‘Tunnel Vision’, relaying awareness of viewing the things that simply happen as happening ‘to us. Minimalist in arrangement, following the familiar strum of an acoustic guitar, with tired yet expressive vocals in the vein of nineties emo – amidst a dash of Elliot Smith to the rasp and poetic uncertainty – ‘Tunnel Vision’ feels comforting yet strangely exciting in its fusion of yesteryear elements and clear originality.
The switch in pace for the hook is a huge part of the song’s natural strength – there’s optimism here, piano and increasing energy, brightness melodically as the reality of the situation sinks in; and the prospect of a more hopeful tomorrow looms. ‘I kept thinking I was cursed, someone put a spell on me. Ultimately this one-sided view of things, this overly conscious level of ‘Tunnel Vision’, prevents true freedom in life – just as the last line of the song resounds; ‘I just want to be free’.
Locking in on a vastly relatable topic but one that’s rarely described or even often admitted, ‘Tunnel Vision’ leads with a refreshingly honest display of vulnerability and overcoming united. Alex Julia always writes from a place of genuine depth and openness regarding seemingly simple topics and does so with a powerful air of originality that shines new light on these issues.
Her delicate manner of artistic exploration connects with and even embraces the listener, gifting a defiant sense of ‘you are not alone’ – something that once stood tall during a simpler era of music, but scarcely reaches out so profoundly these days. Following on from the beautifully revealing, emotive and independently successful EP of 2020, ‘Better Part Of Me, as well as this summer’s stunning new single ‘Like The Sun’, the news release continues to promise the realities of life and musical purity united.
Co-written by Alex and Patrick Wörner, ‘Tunnel Vision’ settles into a more tender, acoustic mood, and with that softness, the artist delves perhaps more fearlessly than ever into the depths of the self and the human psyche.
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