The New York-based singer/songwriter’s fifth full-length LP, Fancy Words for Failure, surveys that universal chasm of disappointment with the bemusement reflected in the its title. As a songwriter, Velard continues to mature, weaving together chord changes that belie the depth of his musical background without ever forgetting the value of a hummable hook.
Title notwithstanding, Fancy Words for Failure finds Julian Velard honing his creative craft while balancing his growing discography against a number of other musical gigs, including a relationship with The Howard Stern Show as the bandleader on the long-running radio hit’s wrap-up segment, a guest musician spot on NPR’s Ask Me Another, and a jingle-singing sideline that’s put his voice in spots for Coca-Cola, Wix.com, Google, and the New York Knicks. Along the way, he’s also co-written extensively and landed a number of cuts (including a song on Olly Murs’ debut LP) and toured extensively, sharing international stages with a growing list of acts. Velard’s latest proves Failure isn’t the end — if anything, it sounds like he might just be hitting his stride. julianvelard.com