Julie Mintz debuts new album “Abandon All Hope of Fruition”
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Singer and songwriter Julie Mintz has worked with Moby on several projects, and now she’s promoting her debut album, Abandon All Hope of Fruition.
Singer Julie Mintz visited the studio on Sunday to preview her new album and promote her single, “Want To Feel Wanted”.
Abandon All Hope of Fruition follows Mintz’s debut EP The Thin Veil, a 2015 release produced by Moby (whose live band she joined as a background vocalist and keyboardist in 2011). In bringing the album to life, Mintz teamed up with producer David Jerkovich and musicians like Ben Peeler (a pedal steel guitarist known for his work with Father John Misty, Dawes, and Shelby Lynne), Tripp Beam (Moby’s longtime drummer), and Mindy Jones (a singer who joined Mintz in creating the radiant harmonies woven throughout the songs).
Though it was mostly made at Jerkovich’s Balboa Recording Studio in the Glassell Park area of L.A., Abandon All Hope of Fruition also includes a Moby-produced rendition of “The Sorrow Tree”—a track from the electronic-music pioneer’s most recent album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt. In a departure from the original version (which featured Mintz as the singer), her update of “The Sorrow Tree” unfolds as an acoustic slow-burner centered on her hypnotic and haunting vocal work. “It’s funny because even though I wasn’t there when Moby wrote that song, it completely fits with so many of the themes I tend to write about,” says Mintz. “That idea of mournfully waiting for a lost love is very much connected to the other songs on this album.’
Born and raised in the South Texas city of Corpus Christi, Mintz grew up on the bittersweet balladry of classic country artists. “My dad loved Patsy Cline—her greatest-hits album was always playing when I was a kid, so now my ear naturally goes to that old-school-country chord progression and the melody that comes along with it,” says Mintz. Learning to play piano as a little girl and later picking up guitar as well, Mintz also held true to country’s emotional tradition and gravitated toward “sad songs about love and heartache” as she began crafting her own material.
Through the years, she’s also found the mood of her songwriting deeply informed by her first-ever experience in the workforce: an after-school job working in a funeral home on the Gulf of Mexico, which included driving a hearse with a body in the back. “I was a cheerleader in high school, so I used to show up at the funeral home in my cheerleading uniform,” Mintz recalls. “At the time it was all really scary to me, but I think it ties into me eventually writing this very Gothic music, and this thread throughout my songs about the idea of dying alone.”
Now gearing up to join Moby for his debut performance with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic in October, Mintz is planning a summer release for Abandon All Hope of Fruition. And in reflecting on the emotional experience of making the album, she expresses a hope that the songs offer some sense of solace to each listener. “It seems like a lot of people struggle with the same kind of issues I’ve written about, so I’d love for the album to help them to appreciate the present instead of being stuck in hoping for something different in the future,” says Mintz. “But at the same time, I’d also love for them to just feel like someone else understands what they’re going through, and to take comfort in realizing that they’re not alone in that feeling.”