In November last year we introduced you to Julianna Barwick by way a couple of videos of her performing. Using mainly just her voice and a loop station she has taken a-capella music to another dimension. She is back with a new album titled Magic Place.
Magic Place continues this theme but with more backing instrumentation. The results are very visual, mixing harmony and intricate layers of sound to create warmth, intimacy and gently rising ecstasy…like a soundtrack for an existential portrait of an artist in work.
The Magic Place:
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Inspired by childhood memories of church singing where the sound and different tones of voices filled a huge space she recreates a similar atmosphere.
You could really hear all the layers, harmonies, rounds, the men and the women, the claps… everything. Some of those hymns are so beautiful.
There is a great comfort in listening to her music, the absence of words make it a primal and unbiased experience where both sound and silence intermingle in complete divinity.
Listen to the Album: The Magic place
Jacob Corbin, who runs Collective Crowd Records, produced and directed a video for the title track of Julianna’s recent release, The Magic Place. You can watch it below:
as previously featured, this gives a great insight into the creation of her work:
UK Tour Dates
18-May Amsterdam NL De Duif (w/ Bill Callahan)
19-May UK Glasgow Arches
20-May IRE Dublin Venue TBC
21-May UK London Village Underground w/ Emeralds
22-May UK London Slaughtered Lamb w/ Liz Janes
23-May UK Manchester Hey Manchester presents @ Kraak
24-May UK London, Rough Trade East in store
Amazon UK: Magic Place