It's been five years since singer/songwriter Julienne Dweck's debut album, On Paper, and her long-awaited follow up, Black Licorice, is a relationship-centric feast for the ears. It's whimsical and adventurous one minute (get a load of the fun, percussive, big band-meets-pop sound of “The Sea”), and subdued and serious the next (the palpable emotional tension of “Uncomfortable”). Dweck knows how to get and hold your attention. A cornucopia of musical styles is explored via Dweck's admirable work on keys and her throaty, occasionally sing-songy vocals. “Nearly”—a subdued, insightful track that ponders a relationship that nearly was and lingers on the many related events that could have been—stands as the album's highlight, providing a probing, eloquent narrative over a slow, driving piano track. Black Licorice is a lively, eclectic musical experience; here's hoping Dweck doesn't keep us waiting another five years for the next one.
Published on October 29, 2015 by Brian Palmer
“If Only” has a surprising trip-hop vibe, while “Your Way to Me” is a bit of jangly, not-quite-’80s-era synth pop, complete with heavy tambourine and keys. “Under the Sea” is fun, with its jazz-tinged pop and the dreamy lyrical references that evoke Ariel. The insecurity-themed country rocker “Uncomfortable” is vintage Dweck, and she proves her prowess in creating a thought- provoking narrative in “Nearly.”
Published on October 23,2015
traversing through melodies with these lyrics that do more than to pass you by because they’re so solid and honest, universally there, open with conviction – without denying but rather realising the backdrops she has swayingly painted around .. aforementioned .. lyrics – reverb up and sometimes dissonant / distant, suitably daydreams, and sometimes somewhat not always unlike a little haunting / jaunting / surprising and “it feels so surreal” to boot . She got it, -ah-, course she got it:!
Published on October 4, 2015
With model good looks and a musical talent nothing short of superb, Julienne Dweck has been making a name for herself performing in venues throughout New York such as 92nd Street Y and The Knitting Factory in the last few years. Her first album On Paper, is rife with melodious ballads, intimate lyrics and a distinctive quirky sensibility. Inspired by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Carole King, Fiona Apple and Sarah Bareilles, Dweck’s unique sound is melodic and soulful.
Published on January 30th, 2012 By Sunita Kumar
including "If Only"
Ear to the Ground Music Blog
Julienne Dweck has a way of writing that creates massive soundscapes. There are layers of piano, synth, and other electronic devices that magnify the sound. It’s a really interesting sound. Dweck’s vocals can cover a wide range, from melancholic and deeply personal, to transcendent and powerful. This album covers a wide range of quirky and profound sounds. Songs like “If Only” and “Maybe” have a grandiose sound that I understand, but my preference is more like the title track “Black Licorice,” which is equal parts charming and engaging. It also seems to suit Dweck’s naturally rolling vocal quality.
Published on April 1, 2016