Julianna Barwick

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Julianna Barwick
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Background information
GenresAmbient, new age, electronic, avant-garde
Years active2009–present
LabelsDead Oceans, Asthmatic Kitty, Mistletone
Associated actsOmbre

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 EP, 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 first full-length 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 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.[6]

In 2016, the song "Nebula", from her third 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 (solo)[edit]

Studio albums (collaborations)[edit]

  • 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)


  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.