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The wonderful Julianna Barwick has a new album out this week, allowing me to start my day of reviews in uncontroversial territory as the sun streams through the windows and she bathes us in her ethereal loveliness. On this one she’s gone to Iceland to record with Alex Somers (Sigur Ros, Jonsi) and the press release informs me that members of Mum and Amiina chipped in too.
Barwick’s sound is always set to maximum drifty, with consistently pleasing results. Her voice is a ghostly uplifting smudge set across synth drones and touches of neoclassicalish prettiness. ‘Forever’ makes me think of Karl Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus’ but with lots of reverb, but overall this record provides a shimmering mass of soft, calming tones which fall somewhere between Enya, Grouper and Julia Holter. If you like those three and haven’t checked her out yet, this is an excellent place to start; if you’re already a fan, the contents of this disc will neither surprise nor disappoint you.
8/10 Rob Gannon 18th August 2013
"Nepenthe then is a collection of necessarily reflective songs with sombre pacing, Barwick shifting her focus from ambient ethereality to neo-classical angelics in the process."
Read the full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6299/julianna-barwick-nepenthe/
8/10 Jakob Lisbjerg 12th August 2013
Is it Enya or am I in Heaven? Barwick's latest record is not music for ecological carrots. It is a rather soothing trip to a magic place - just like her previous records. The music is utter beauty and has something childish about it. Maybe it is the tone of carefree life that flows through the music? I'm not really sure. But I like slash love it.
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