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M'Lady's are reissuing Julianna Barwick's gem of a debut (including its first outing on vinyl) so that seems reason enough to review it, right? Right. Also worth noting is that the vinyl edition on this (did I mention it's not been out on vinyl before?) has super-classy foil stamped sleeves which you will be sad if you miss out on. The first nine tracks are entitled 'Unt. 1' through to 'Unt. ...

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Sanguine by Julianna Barwick
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 10 April 2012

M'Lady's are reissuing Julianna Barwick's gem of a debut (including its first outing on vinyl) so that seems reason enough to review it, right? Right. Also worth noting is that the vinyl edition on this (did I mention it's not been out on vinyl before?) has super-classy foil stamped sleeves which you will be sad if you miss out on. The first nine tracks are entitled 'Unt. 1' through to 'Unt. 9'...I'm assuming that's short for untitled. They're all ethereal reverby vocal loop-based songs with a hint of synth and a kind of spiritual feel to them. At times it almost sounds like the ghostly echoes of a choir bouncing around a big old stone building. It's actually reminding me an awful lot of Julia Holter...I can't help but suspect that the girl Holter may have been rotating her fair share of Barwick over the past few years. Other things it reminds me of...a shriller and more ghostly Enya, maybe? That might be a bit of a stretch though. With all the vocal loops that go into the bulk of these compositions the effect is a spooked and repetitive one with washed out vocals bouncing around like memories. I don't know if it's intentional and I'm sure the looped vocal accompaniments have something to do with it but the melodies have a slightly African feel to them. There's four compositions after the Unts with names but they seem to follow basically the same template. Strangely nostalgic, dream-like compositions with a consistency of vision that makes for a thoroughly therapeutic whole. Not just an interesting debut from a now-established musician but a magical and otherworldly recording in its own right.


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