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Julie Katrinette is best known as one third of The Ape-ettes, the all-female, Sudbury-based garage rock trio.
But with gigs and even jam sessions put on hold by the pandemic over the past year, Katrinette decided to focus on her solo work.
The result is her debut solo album, “Let’s Not Complicate Things,” which was released on vinyl and digital platforms July 1.
It’s a departure from her garage rock roots, as the eight English and two French songs cover a range of folk, country, and bluegrass styles. Growth, hope, forgiveness, and joy permeate the album’s tender lyrics and beguiling melodies, said a press release from the artist.
“It’s a collection of 10 songs that I’ve been just sort of holding onto,” said Katrinette, a mom and elementary school teacher (you might know her as Julie Houle — she uses a stage name in her artistic life).
“They all sort of follow a similar theme. When the pandemic started last year, I just had a bunch of alone time. I decided it was a good time to record and maybe finally get it done.”
The album features tracks in both French and English, as Katrinette is bilingual, and “sometimes my feelings come out in French, sometimes in English.”
With the album’s release, Katrinette has put out two singles, "Letting Go" (about doing simply that - letting go emotionally) and the French track "Comment aimer" (about the struggles of learning to love yourself and other people).
You can listen to those below:
The album was recorded by Katrinette’s brother, Michel Houle, and mastered by Matthew Wiewel at Deadpan Studios.
It also features contributions by local musicians Jonathan Danyliw, Patricia Cano, Darlene Sovran, Geoff McCausland and Barry Miles.
As mentioned above, as well as being available on digital platforms, “Let’s Not Complicate Things” is also available on vinyl.
Katrinette said she loves how vinyl albums offer a large canvas for visuals. She was also able to include all of her lyrics on the vinyl record.
“It’s a very personal and intimate way of listening to the music, I find,” she said.
To order on vinyl or digital, visit juliekatrinette.bandcamp.com/releases. To purchase on vinyl locally in Greater Sudbury, visit Cosmic Dave's Vinyl Emporium. The vinyl album costs $30, with $5 from each sale going to the Indigenous Residential School Survivors Society.