“a masterpiece” Uncut
“The Magic Place remains entirely intact and beautifully vivid.” ATTN MAG
“grand, and beautiful” FACT
“slide into Barwick’s sublime soundworld and immerse yourself for the duration.” BBC
returns to the UK for a headline solo show at London's Cafe Oto on 22nd November. Support for the show comes from Silver Pyre
||with Silver Pyre
Julianna Barwick’s experimental soundscapes are in part informed by her experience growing up in Louisiana and Missouri, singing weekly with her church congregation and school choirs. Her loop-based compositions replicate the soaring textures of a large choral group using only her voice, a loop station and some occasional instrumentation. Barwick starts her songs quietly, usually with a single refrain, and then builds the pieces up until she’s created a complicated, weaving sonic architecture. Her extraordinary range and vocal technique propels the music into a variety of different emotional spaces, from feverish to tranquil.
The Magic Place - an album of full of magic and solace, bursting joy and healing tones - was Barwick's debut for the Asthmatic Kitty label, introducing her to many of her mostly-a-capella music built from just her voice multi-tracked through a loop station.
More recently came a musical collaboration with Helado Negro under the moniker OMBRE. The resulting album Believe You Me melded Barwick's clear, high harmonies and church choir sensibilities with Helado Negro's rustic-Latin-psyche-folk meets big-city-blockparty. Resulting in a warm (and very human) collage of personality.