Julianna Barwick Nepenthe on LP + Download
Julianna Barwick's art is equal parts force and beauty. Her music finds its motor in significant events in her own life, but they are abstracted into a sense of sonic wonderment, a radiance that you could say is her signature sound. That radiance has been taken to new zeniths with Nepenthe, her third full-length album, which was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland, in the dark cold days of February.
"Everything I was making was visceral – the record represents some serious emotional stuff," she confirms, while at the same time she raves with enormous positivity about the unique recording environment. Alex Somers (musician/producer of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Jónsi & Alex) invited her to Iceland in the first place. For Julianna, who was blown away at a Sigur Rós show in 2002, it was a dream come true.
"That was the fastest email I ever wrote: “Yes!” Who would say no to that?" Somers produced and engineered the record and brought in local Icelandic musicians who turned out to make crucial contributions: string ensemble Amiina, guitarist Róbert Sturla Reynisson from Múm, and a choir of teenage girls.
"[Barwick's] ethereal multi-tracked harmonies have the devotional quality of gospel choirs, and the oddball allure of Bjork or Yoko Ono. At times, watching Ms. Barwick’s set was like watching someone give birth, in the magic-of-life sense…The music was dense and asphyxiating. The end of each number came as a relief – the small pleasure of a chance to breathe between the greater pleasures of not wanting to have to." - New York Times
Julianna Barwick Nepenthe Track Listing:
2. The Harbinger
3. One Half
4. Look Into Your Own Mind
8. Adventurer Of The Family
9. Crystal Lake
10. Waving To You