In Lost Amulet, the debut EP from Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle, the self-identified nonbinary queer femme blends a love of poetry with soaring vocals, a futuristic sound, and deeply emotional narratives. “I wanted the EP to capture the diversity and beauty of queer love, and create an immersive, uplifting and healing atmosphere that counters these tumultuous times on earth,” Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle explains. Produced by Meviu§, “Lost Amulet” is being distributed by Ghostcat Media International and is available for pre-sale on Bandcamp.
“I’m thinking of Lost Amulet as a book of astral love spells,” Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle continues from her Brooklyn home. “Like different facets of a diamond, the musical direction is multifarious, but maintains an upbeat tempo and glistening ethereal ambience throughout.”
Lost Amulet opens with “Dark Iridescent,” a sad, brooding song about chasing after quickly transforming, fluid energy. In the next single, “Clockwork”, Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle fuses spoken word poetry into an intensely dark but flowing narrative. It leads into the hyper-pop “Cloud 9 Angel” that Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle lovingly describes as a straight up sappy love song. “I had to get the cheese out of my system!” she confesses. It is followed by “Leaving Earth” and then two remixes of “Celadon Haze,” the song that first introduced Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle to music fans last winter, telling the story of queer exes, contemplating the rekindling of their love due to the isolation of the COVID pandemic. While the original version of “Celadon Haze” was a Bjork-inspired ethereal trance/pop track, the remix presents a fresh new house beat with vocal effects and subtle drums.
When Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle released “Celadon Haze” last winter, they included an immersive visual that helped to elevate the sensual experience of the song. It received nearly 20,000 views online, proving to be a winning strategy that Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle will employ once again this summer.
The “Dark Iridescent” video creates a sinister yet sparkly atmosphere, incorporating a shifting, transmogrifying visual to both enchant and disorient the viewer. The “Leaving Earth” video references fairies, aliens, and children’s toys via digitally rendered characters in surreal amalgamations. Created by digital artist Serotines, there are mysterious scenes with floating shapes, strange morphing rooms, and form-changing characters that travel across space and time in search of love and magic.
Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle was born in Jerusalem, Israel and until five-years-old, lived in St. Petersburg, Russia. The family relocated to Texas and between the ages of 10 and 14, Julia toured the country, performing with a singing choir.
Now living in Brooklyn, NY, Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle remains an artist, working predominantly in sculpture, lighting design and performance. They are now expanding their expressiveness into recording and DJ production.
“When deciding on the title for the EP, I reflected on my periods of deep spiritual connection and elevation and the sense of loss and emptiness I have felt throughout my life as an artist,” explains Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle. “With these songs and visuals, I feel like I am bringing something back from being lost, which I guess is technically true regarding my singing as it’s something I haven’t done since being a child in the choir.”
The music has become a protective spell of magical, positive energy for Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle as well as a soundscape for their video art and light art ideas to come together through performance.
“I hope listeners take away a sense of the depth of my range from Lost Amulet,” Julia Sinelnikova aka The Oracle sums up. “I want my music to encourage psychedelic exploration, excessive dreaming, and the imagination of new, utopian worlds – as well as a brush with dystopia for necessary contrast. Through listening to my songs, I aim to reveal my personas and the details of the worlds in my mind to my audiences.”