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Julia Bardo’s “I Wanna Feel Love” will break your heart

The Manchester-via-Italy indie-pop artist’s new single has a perfectly aching quality.

January 28, 2020
Julia Bardo’s “I Wanna Feel Love” will break your heart

Certain strains of indie-pop never go out of style, and that certainly applies to Julia Bardo's heavenly "I Wanna Feel Love." The Manchester-via-Italy artist's closing track from her forthcoming Phase EP (out March 6 via Wichita) carries that same downcast, wistfully melodic quality shared by past contemporaries like Camera Obscura and Alvvays. If you like those bands, you'll love this, and that's a ringing endorsement I stand by.

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"I have a strange relationship with time; I tend to think too much about the future and not enough about the present, about living in the moment," Bardo explained to the FADER while discussing the video in an email. "In the video, I impersonate an older version of myself — a more mature woman, almost like a retired film star from the '60s, who's been waiting her whole life for something to happen, for love to come. She's in her beautiful house, which is her temple, where she feels safe and free to be herself. The video is about the never-ending wait — waiting for something to end, waiting for something to start, waiting for someone to come home, for a phone call, for someone who's going to love me. I pass the time in my house, dancing, listening to music to make the wait go faster."

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Julia Bardo’s “I Wanna Feel Love” will break your heart