Julianna Barwick makes beautiful music. That would be the one sentence that I will give you if you could only have one to describe the type of music that the Louisiana-born, Missouri-grown Barwick makes. But I’ll go beyond that. Julianna Barwick creates gorgeous atmospheric music that surrounds you and makes you feel like you’re floating. Barwick does this by making extensive use of reverbs and loops to knob and twist her voice into something that’s beyond recognition as a human voice. Instead her voice transforms into one that is ethereally light and heavenly.
Barwick’s newest record, Nepenthe, comes two years after her critically adored second album, The Magic Place came out. While The Magic Place is homegrown and is in fact, recorded through her bedroom, Nepenthe finds Barwick traveling to Iceland to record with longtime Jonsi producer, Alex Somers and to work with an all-girls choir. This has allowed Barwick to expand and transcend her music and to go beyond its personal leanings into something that’s more encompassing. The result though, as the first sentence says, is still beautiful music.
Julianna Barwick will be in St Louis in October. She’s opening for Sigur Ros on 10/1 at the Fabulous Fox (tickets here)
Check out the video for first single One Half embedded below.
Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe comes out 8/20 via Dead Oceans (order here)