|Genres||Ambient, new age, electronic, avant-garde|
|Labels||Dead Oceans, Asthmatic Kitty, Mistletone|
Julianna Barwick is an American musician who composes using electronic loops. Her first album was released in 2009.
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.
She self-released her debut EP, Sanguine, in 2006. The songs are wordless with vocal overdubs, vocal percussion, and improvisation. On the EP Florine, she uses a loop station and pedals to create minimalist repetition accompanied by layers of vocals and synthesizers.
She recorded her first full-length album The Magic Place on a rehearsal stage because it was sound proof and because it had a piano. 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.
The title of her second 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.
In 2010, Barwick was commissioned to remix "Reckoner" by Radiohead. During the next year, she released an album of improvisational music with Ikue Mori. In 2012, she formed the duo Ombre with Helado Negro and recorded the album Believe You Me.
Studio albums (solo)
Studio albums (collaborations)
- FRKWYS Vol. 6 (2011) – with Ikue Mori
- Believe You Me (2012) – with Helado Negro (Roberto Lange), as Ombre
- Sanguine (2006)
- Florine (2009)
- The Matrimony Remixes (2011)
- Pacing (2013)
- Rosabi (2014)
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