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Franklin Park, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Franklin Park, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Rock Indie




"Chicago singer-songwriter Nayla Jungheim juices up her tender debut album with pop-punk muscle"

Chicago indie singer-songwriter Nayla Jungheim knows that putting her own needs first is the best defense against a cruel and indifferent world. She made her new debut album, the lively and big-hearted This Might Be Healing (self-released digitally and available on cassette via Solidarity Club), using largely acoustic instrumentation as a retort to people in her circle who consider such stripped-down music to be trad, staid, and unremarkable. Jungheim handily demolishes that criticism: cuts such as “Note to Self” and “Any Questions?” share the melodic muscle and nervy drive of fully electrified pop-punk and emo anthems. The acoustic approach also allows Jungheim’s subtle gentleness to come to the fore more easily. On “How to Deal With Everything,” she sings straightforwardly about mental instability, gender dysphoria, and emotional vulnerability, and her airy, unornamented vocals exude a comforting tenderness. On the chorus, she implores her listeners (and herself) to pull it together by repeating the word “breathe,” letting it pour out of her mouth like syrup from a bottle—it’s as calming as a guided meditation exercise. - Chicago Reader


Novella (EP) - 2017
Quarrel (Single) - 2017
Something to Think About b/w Existential Tumors - 2018
Jerry's Song (Single) - 2019
June (Single) - 2019
Sleeping on a Bus (Split w/ Olivia Hudson) - 2019
Post-Breakdown Dilemma (EP) - 2019
I Don't Care If I Forget Today (EP) - 2020
Tell You All The Time (EP) - 2020
Out? (Single) - 2020
This Might Be Healing (LP) - 2020



Jungheim is the byproduct of singer-songwriter Nayla Maya Jungheim's failure to be her favorite artists. Started in 2014 after listening to a Michael Cera record, Jungheim slowly built herself up as a respectable lyricist, focusing her material on processing gender, relationships, and navigating life. 2017 saw Jungheim release Novella, a smattering of acoustic songs. Throughout the next three years, she would begin to release more ambitious projects ranging from wildly overdriven anthems to indie pop reflections. Her strengths as a producer also developed, creating more expansive sounds. Her debut album, This Might Be Healing, is self-described as acoustic-but-not: an acoustic core fused with synths and baritone guitar, linked together with themes of gender dysphoria, nostalgia, and healing.

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