With considerable care and massive attention to detail, Sheffield-based couple Julie Clarkson (Vocals, Guitar) and Bennett Holland (Vocals, Keyboards) have worked together on and off over a 12 year period, to painstakingly create an album of real depth and beauty. Literally a labour of love. And it shows. With a refreshing disregard for the Instagram friendly, low attention span, quick delivery times in which it was made, this represents the opposite: a long-form body of work that has been put together over a span of time; in itself a testament to the timeless quality of their sound; unfussy, uncomplicated, unshowy, but never-the-less accomplished, this is music with integrity, soul and passion.
Taking the first 2 letters of their christian names to make the project title JUBE, Julie and Bennett brought together friends from the local Sheffield music scene; Darren Campbell on Bass Guitar (who Bennett toured when they were both session players in a Groove Armada project) and Richard Storer on Drums (Bennett’s school friend and old band mate) with album producer (and another school friend) Tom Henthorn to create the debut album.
With influences from the introspection of Portishead to the lush keyboards of Supertramp, to the jazz infusions of Sade with classic soul sounds of Aretha Franklin and Al Green, Bill Withers and Carole King. We hear hints of Muscle Shoals studios, The Doors, Michael Franks and much more…