Video: Julie Byrne, “Emeralds” (Portals Session)

Watch Seattle songwriter Julie Byrne’s mesmerizing performance of “Emeralds” for a Portals live session.



Portals makes these consistently pretty live videos called "Sessions," and their latest in that series features Seattle songwriter Julie Byrne performing her song "Emeralds" in an undisclosed location in Texas. The softly plucked songs on her record, Rooms With Walls and Window, have a far-off quality to them, like you're listening from the opposite end of a really long hallway. But here — in the open air with no other humans in sight — she's very present, and her low-register voice is captivating in a pretty timeless way.

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Video: Julie Byrne, “Emeralds” (Portals Session)