Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe - Ambient - IDM LP

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Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe

Label: Dead Oceans
Cat#: DOC069
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Includes Pic Inner Sleeve
Released: 20 Aug 2013
Genre: Electronic, Classical
Style: Ethereal, Ambient, Minimal


A1 Offing
A2 The Harbinger
A3 One Half
A4 Look Into Your Own Mind
A5 Pyrrhic

B1 Labyrinthine
B2 Forever
B3 Adventurer Of The Family
B4 Crystal Lake
B5 Waving To You

This LP augments Barwick’s approach to music, her voice moulds and melts into a tranquil ambience, which is delivered in the form of juddering strings, an all-female choir, and a dripping well of sonic elements. An inquisitive child and a self-confessed recluse, Barwick displays a unique sort of intellectuality, enthralled by the mystery of the human voice. A captivation bordering on obsession, Barwick’s main pastime involved harmonizing with unsystematic sounds and dreaming up melodies about the most random of events. Singing was never just confined to the house or the local chapel, Barwick practiced at length, releasing vociferous bullets in vacant openings like neighboring garages and from the highest tree top in the vicinity.

Nepenthe is a result of the darkened days experienced during a detached adolescence, and a release that ultimately seeks splendor in its own discernment. Perhaps Julianna Barwick’s third LP is the perfect companion for a tempestuous, sun-blasted summer’s day. Something that can accompany you while you observe a rather mundane meteorologist reveal the next ecological chastisement that Britain can expect.

The more you listen to, Nepenthe the more you realize that dynamism is most definitely evident, it is rather pretentious to assume that this newborn vitality is simply a form of simulation, an accusation that is completely erroneous. There’s vivacity to Barwick’s approach, she sounds more confident than ever before. The oxidized piano and buoyant impression encapsulated on ‘Crystal Lake’, and the obedient strings of standout track ‘Waving to You’, sound like they were borrowed from the collective genius of Sigur Ros. The sonic facet that Barwick brings to the table seems like a hushed nod towards the Icelandic band. Coincidently or not, Nepenthe was recorded in the Sundlaugin Studio, however; thankfully, the album never once feels like a direct imitation of their work, instead sounding like more of an album steeped in reverence.

Julianna Barwick on her new album 'Nepenthe' - WiMP interview

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Julianna Barwick - One Half

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Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe

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Julianna Barwick - The Harbinger

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Condition New
Format LP
Label Dead Oceans