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Julianna Barwick


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Louisiana-bred, Brooklyn-based recording artist Julianna Barwick crafts ethereal, largely wordless soundscapes, all of which are built around multiple loops and layers of her angelic voice. Barwick, who credits a rural, church choir upbringing for her unique sound, begins most tracks with a single phrase or refrain, then uses a loop station and the occasional piano or percussive instrument to build the song into a swirling mass of lush, ambient folk. She released her first two collections of songs, the full-length Sanguine and the EP Florine, in 2009 and 2010, respectively, before issuing her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, in 2011. Later that year she released a remix album, Matrimony Remixed, followed by another full-length album in 2013 called Nepenthe.

Lacking definable lyrics, Julianna’s songs create their own themes sonically and leave nameless emotional impressions. Julianna’s talents as a vocalist push most of the musical strength in the album, her choice of melodic vocal overdubs with vocal percussion is fascinating and dizzying. Some sounds become as indecipherable as the human voice. Comparable to Björk’s Medulla approach to end instrumentation, most of the tracks are all vocal based. Julianna’s all vocal album has less of a political method behind it as does Björk’s Medulla; it’s based more on her natural approach to songwriting: spontaneously improving and recording immediately. Many of the songs were written on the fly.


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  • heatherhaig

    beautiful. Julianna Barwick and Rasplyn are my current favorite composers

    27 Dec 4:22pm Reply
  • Caitlinshaye


    15 Dec 5:28am Reply
  • snap2244

    wow, if sigur ros made more drones and jonsi was a female

    25 Sep 2:25am Reply
  • AiryReed

    сладкоголосая нимфа.

    27 Aug 1:01pm Reply
  • katieevans


    12 Aug 4:09am Reply
  • candlesmoke

    needs more darkness.

    9 Jul 1:11pm Reply
  • plasmoids

    I love Julianna Barwick!

    6 Jul 5:11pm Reply
  • ufcdawn_pian


    1 Jul 1:45pm Reply
  • suffocations

    her two performances for sled island were breathtaking. i met and spoke with her before and after the show(s). she is such a lovely, beautiful person with a warm, open heart. i was absolutely mesmerized, not only by her enchanting live vocals, but also with her glowing spirit. in its entirety, the experience was possibly one of the best moments of my life. ♡♡♡

    26 Jun 6:54pm Reply
  • bloodmaw

    new EP is great

    6 Jun 4:00am Reply

    @fleshballoon Her live performances are great. I saw her support Tim Hecker and I would have paid the ticket price for her alone. Chilling.

    1 Jun 12:43am Reply
  • EricMazariegos

    need less loop for me [2] I agree. if she only incorporated more STRINGS maybe into her music, wow that would be so immense.

    31 Mar 5:51pm Reply
  • grandmachine

    Just listened to Julianna Barcwick's "Prizewinning " on SiriusXMU for the first time and it blew my mind. Why haven't I discovered her sooner?

    27 Mar 6:47pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    amazing...but need less loop for me...more cinematic

    25 Mar 9:07am Reply
  • Sosen

    Was she home-schooled? She looks like one of those home-schooled people.

    3 Mar 10:42am Reply
  • UnaLaguna

    @subalien, Patrickcai - was going to say the same thing...

    26 Feb 11:24am Reply
  • omaCore

    Gaze my shoes for you, Julianna.

    12 Jan 8:05am Reply
  • GriefJones

    i love you babe

    11 Jan 1:36am Reply

    Uhm... I don't like.

    6 Jan 2:53am Reply
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