Julianna Barwick

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Julianna Barwick
Born Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Ambient, new age, electronic, avant-garde
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 2009–present
Labels Dead Oceans, Asthmatic Kitty
Associated acts Ombre
Website www.juliannabarwick.com

Julianna Barwick is an American musician who composes using electronic loops. Her first album was released in 2009.

Music career[edit]

Barwick has said that her music is influenced by her participation in church choir while growing up in Louisiana. She composes with a machine to create electronic loops built around her vocalizing.[1]

She self-released her debut album, Sanguine, in 2006. The songs are wordless with vocal overdubs, vocal percussion, and improvisation.[2] On the EP Florine, she uses a loop station and pedals to create minimalist repetition accompanied by layers of vocals and synthesizers.[3]

She recorded her album The Magic Place on a rehearsal stage because it was sound proof and because it had a piano.[4] The title of the album refers to a tree on her family's farm that was big enough to crawl into, as though the tree contained rooms shaped by the trunk and branches.[5]

The title of her third album, Nepenthe, was inspired by the death of a relative. The name comes from the drug of forgetfulness found in ancient Greek literature and the work of Edgar Allan Poe. The album features the string ensemble Amiina and a choir of teenage girls. [6]

In 2016, the song "Nebula", from her album Will premiered on NPR. A music video directed by Derrick Belcham was shot at the historic Philip Johnson Glass House.[7]

In 2010, Barwick was commissioned to remix "Reckoner" by Radiohead. During the next year, she released an album of improvisational music with Ikue Mori.[8] In 2012, she formed the duo Ombre with Helado Negro and recorded the album Believe You Me.[9]


Studio albums
  • The Magic Place (2011)
  • FRKWYS Vol. 6 (Julianna Barwick and Ikue Mori) (2011)
  • Believe You Me (Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro) (2012)
  • Nepenthe (2013)
  • Will (2016)
  • Sanguine (2006)
  • Florine (2009)
  • The Matrimony Remixes (2011)
  • Pacing (2013)
  • Rosabi (2014)


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Julianna Barwick". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Julianna Barwick + Discography". Juliannabarwick.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  3. ^ Howe, Brian. "Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Vogl, Tamara. "Beat". Beat. Beat. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Magic Place | Asthmatic Kitty Records". Asthmatickitty.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "Listen: Julianna Barwick: "Forever", From New Album Nepenthe". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Hilton, Robin. "First Watch: Julianna Barwick: "Nebula", From New Album Will". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Howe, Brian. "Ikue Mori / Julianna Barwick". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Duncan. "Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro". Fader. Fader. Retrieved 17 October 2012.