Hailing from the UK, The Lonely Harps Club has signed with Epictronic a deal for the release of the debut album “Long Game”, due for digital release on 14 05 2021.
“I am extremely proud of The Lonely Harps Club’s debut but I couldn’t have made this album without Carlo Bellotti and Riccardo Daga’s incredible arranging and production, not to mention my partner Arthur Rei, who plays shamisen, viola and keys and co-wrote one of the tracks. Whilst The Lonely Harps Club is my stage name, I like to think that everyone involved in the project and the fans who have come this far with me are all members. I hope you laugh and maybe cry with me in places when you listen to The Lonely Harps Club’s debut. After all, if we’re in this club together, then we can hardly be so alone now, can we?”
Regarding The Lonely Harps Club, Julia Mascetti commented:
“I remember sitting in youth orchestra as a teenager, watching the banter in the brass section and the operatic levels of drama amongst the violins and thinking, “Just me here, my little Lonely Harps Club of one.” As a harpist, you’re often the only person in your section, and you have a lot of rests so I had time to come up with puns to amuse myself (and sometimes miss my entries).
It’s poetic, then, that even though the harp is often an individualistic instrument, The Lonely Harps Club is a project that is all about collaboration. When I chose to leave Japan I was at a crossroads. My musical lives as the singer in Gjöll and a folk-pop harpist in Tokyo were coming to an end. I had been writing songs and I wanted to make a daring, funny, pop album that combined all my influences, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone.
I Skyped with Carlo Bellotti from Epictronic and told him I was returning to Europe and I wanted to make a solo album. Carlo agreed to consider my material and I sent him super rough demos I recorded surrounded by boxes as I packed up my flat in Tokyo. Only a couple of months after arriving back in the UK, I drove across Europe with my pedal harp to record the album in Italy.” READ MORE