Julie Aagaard, better known as Danish noir-pop supernova Kill J, has announced her debut studio album, the intriguing and wild ‘Superposition’, out 14th June on Nettwerk Records.
Her new single ‘Moon Sick’, is a dark power ballad perfectly showcasing her vocals.
Working with UK producer Liam Howe (FKA Twigs, Lana del Rey, Ellie Goulding), ‘Superposition’ is a science-inspired record, a theatrical sonic page-turner: all fiery electronics, booming drums, glass-shattering vocals and pop hooks that take sinister detours into minor-key terrain. From her battle to quit smoking to the horrors of the migrant crisis and her personal loves and heartache, it’s bursting open with honesty and feeling – where every track tells a different story.
The album’s title is a nod to the superposition theory, while the more reflective, downtempo ‘Moon Sick’ in KIll J’s own words is “one of those nerdy songs”, which explores the idea of multiverse theories. Outside of science, that track is also a homage to Aagaard’s childhood obsession with Mariah Carey. Whilst ‘Entangled’ distils her fascination with science into a slow-burning future-pop jam. For Aagaard, the main draw of physics is its potential for enlightenment. “The language in physics has its own poetry, which helps me understand the world a little bit better”, she says. “I tell myself that’s why we all write songs and create art – to try and understand that the fuck we’re doing here. I’m just trying to make sense of this crazy thing called life”.
Throughout‘Superposition’, Aagaard puts different areas of her personal and professional life under the microscope. On ‘Dead Weight Soldier’, she kills off a fictional A&R – her way of calling out the sexism she has endured in the music industry. “I’m in it for the art / You’re in it for the pussy”, she sings.
Steadily putting out an array of singles and EPs over the years, the singer-songwriter and producer has already gained a legion of fans including The Guardian,The Fader, Pigeons and The 405, The Line Of Best Fit and Huck Magazine,whilst receiving airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Mamiko Motto on NTS Radio and even a spin on Zane Lowe’s Beats1, culminating in a live session from the BBC legendary Maida Vale studio for Huw Stephens. Named “the future of Scandinavian pop” by the likes of Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Indie ShuffleandStereogum among others, KIll J saw her early singles catapulted to No.1 spot on the Hype Machine‘Most Popular’and ‘Twitter’ charts.
Now it’s her time to bring her Kill Jalter-ego fully to life in the form of her debut LP. “I might do chords on the piano, but very quickly I’ll move over to the computer and I’ll start producing it, because writing and producing are just so interconnected… it’s a fluid thing”, she says of the writing process. For‘Superposition’, she also worked with top producer Liam Howe. “I need someone to play ball with”, she quips.
Aagaard offers her take on the so-called Scandi-pop sound that has rocked the music sphere in recent years. “There are definitely noir elements in what I do and also there are theatrical elements… I don’t know if it’s the lack of sun or if it’s in the water, but I’ve just always gravitated towards that kind of thing”, she explains.