Julianna Barwick’s latest album Nepenthe expanded on her solo-voice sound, adding more piano along with strings and horns and even a choir. One of the album’s most serene cuts, “The Harbinger”, just got the video treatment. The clip opens with some beautiful underwater shots of a body suspended in motion, then moves on to a story of a young woman seemingly chasing after a spirit (or something?) It’s all pretty mysterious and enigmatic, ending on an increasingly sinister smile.
Nepenthe is out now via Dead Oceans.
Julianna Barwick, the ambient vocalist who is able to make beautiful, symphonic clouds out of her voice and a looping pedal, will be releasing her next album Nepenthe August 20th on Dead Oceans. This track from the project is her most straightforward effort yet, including vocal with actual words, but retains the abstract beauty of her earlier work. If this song is a good indicator, Nepenthe will continue to evolve Julianna Barwick’s angelic choir to new heights.
Akron/Family drops a new track with an album on the way via Dead Oceans, which is a label the psychedelic folk outfit has called home for quite a while now. Sub Verses is the title of the new LP, and it’s looking at an April 30th release.
With “No-Room,” the band hammers away at its usual style, but continue to bring weird surprises in the way of effects, chilling vocal chants, and drones. There’s a strong folk vibe coming from the vocal melodies and the chords as the song starts, but there’s an overbearing heaviness to the instrumentation that’s just too dark to ignore. I’m really loving the dense cloud of guitars that saturate the track as it nears its end. It’s easy, and fun, to get lost in.
I remember blogging about this track when it first dropped, but now we’ve got a new music video paired with it. Plus, I wanna remind you A Place To Bury Strangers has a new EP, Onwards To the Wall, dropping in February on Dead Oceans! Were these pictures taken in instagram?