Julianna Barwick – ‘Nepenthe’

Her songs sound even more spaced out and unreal than ever

Named after the ancient Greek drug of forgetfulness, Julianna Barwick’s third album recalls the pleasant haze of 2010: Grouper, The xx, extremely cheap ketamine. The new record is the result of the Brooklynite deciding to record outside of her bedroom for the first time. She headed for Iceland, where she worked with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers. Making the most of her Nordic adventure, Barwick also called in Múm’s Róbert Reynisson, the string group Amiina and a choir of teenage girls to embellish the likes of ‘Pyrrhic’ and ‘Forever’. As a result, her songs sound even more spaced out and unreal than ever.

Edgar Smith

Details

Record label: Dead Oceans
Release date: 26 Aug, 2013