Julia Biel returns with stirring post-break-up song ‘Wasting Breath’

Noth­ing soothes a break-up quite like lis­ten­ing to another’s sor­row. Espe­cial­ly when they express it as mes­mer­iz­ing­ly as Julia Biel.

Fol­low­ing her MOBO-nom­i­nat­ed album, Love Let­ters and Oth­er Mis­siles, the mul­ti­tal­ent­ed Lon­don musi­cian has returned with an instant clas­sic in new sin­gle, ‘Wast­ing Breath’, tak­en from her forth­com­ing third album.

Wrapped in a sedate gui­tar groove, and dressed with string arrange­ments, this bit­ter­sweet song was inspired by Biel meet­ing an old flame and feel­ing a sense of strength from hav­ing moved on.

A singer, pianist and gui­tarist, Biel’s influ­ences range from Neneh Cher­ry and Bil­lie Hol­i­day, to David Bowie and Etta James.

Her lat­est sin­gle brings to mind singers such as Ange­line Mor­ri­son, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse.

The singer’s third album – titled Julia Biel – is expect­ed to be released lat­er this year on Rokit Records/Khanti, via PIAS.

Biel has an autumn tour planned, and dates will be list­ed on her offi­cial web­site.

Image: Jen­na Foxton