Julie Byrne’s second album Not Even Happiness adds atmospheric instrumentation and electronic flourishes to her unusual guitar tunings and fingerpicked melodies, moving the songs from the front-porch into subtle anthemia.
“There’s so much to love about Not Even Happiness: the lightness of the finger-picked acoustic guitar patterns, the flute and string interludes, the plaintive timbre in Byrne’s voice recalling fellow outsider folk figures Anne Briggs and Karen Dalton.” ★★★★ MOJO
“Byrne paints sublime, awestruck moments when simple things become overwhelming.” Pitchfork, Best New Music
“Here is something special” ★★★★★ The Times
“otherworldy and other-timely...for all its dreaminess, it never seems fey or contrived... stunning” The Guardian
“Very fine female folk... has the same casually lost but so what vibe of the genre's classics. Beautiful Stuff” The Wire