Rising star UK star Julia Bardo reveals her brand new single ‘It’s Okay (To Not Be Okay)‘ featured along with music video
The new single “It’s Okay (To Not Be Okay),” offering of solace and solidarity in these tumultuous times. Julia says, “‘It’s Okay (To Not Be Okay)’ is about a journey of the self. It can be hard to accept a certain situation we’re living through, to accept ourselves and to appreciate who we are,” explains the Brescia, Italy-born Bardo. “Sometimes we feel stuck in the same circle of negative thoughts. Sometimes we feel scared, resentful, worrisome, and bad. It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay to not feel good. It’s okay to be ‘different.’ It’s okay to be who we are.”
The Hannah Cobb-directed clip “is inspired by Video Art,” says Bardo. “That’s why we used a television…I imagined it being in an art gallery displaying images and shots of my natural self doing spontaneous things along to the music evoking the spontaneity and rawness of the song.” “It’s Okay (To Not Be Okay)” is available now on all DSPs via Wichita Recordings and previews Bardo’s forthcoming debut album, due out next year. Stay tuned for more news.
Bardo’s debut EP Phase and recent covers EP The Raw (ft. covers of Fleetwood Mac, Silver Jews, and LCD Soundsystem) both released earlier this year via Wichita Recordings.
March 2020’s Phase saw her strike out on her own, and marked the first time she had full creative control over her music. It was a defining moment for a forward-facing young artist, yet came with a stark warning: don’t get too comfortable. “Phase is a wave, you know? I get inspired and each time I write, it’s an evolution of what I wrote before,” says Bardo. The Raw EP was a transition point between the sonics of Phase and what her debut album will be, and saw Bardo using her own musical strengths to transform some of her favorite songs.
Playing it safe was never going to be in the cards for Julia Bardo as she considers her next move, on her own terms, excited for whatever sits around the corner. “If you stay where you are, nothing is going to happen…you need to move your feet, otherwise you’re standing still.”