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Listen Julianna Barwick’s “Forever” from new album Nepenthe

on May 16, 2013, 4:36pm

Juliana Barwick - Nepenthe

Experimental artist Julianna Barwick will release her third album, Nepenthe, on August 20th via Dead Oceans. The follow-up to 2011’s The Magic Place and last year’s OMBRE project with Helado Negro was recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland and produced by musician Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Jónsi).

According to a press release, the word nepenthe – a magic drug of forgetfulness used to wipe out grief, referenced often in ancient Greek literature – struck a deep chord with Barwick, who had experienced a death in the family during the recording process and felt especially isolated. The LP itself is said to be “about moving forward, finding a way through difficult times — of retaining a feeling of hope.”

The biggest influence for Nepenthe, however, came from Barwick’s unfamiliar surroundings and the “stunningly alien landscapes with their lingering magic.” She spoke at length about her time in Iceland:

“I had never had anyone play on any record before, so this was a 180 turn. I also was inspired just by being there, and the gorgeousness of that place. Your eyes can’t believe what they’re seeing. I walked home one night and got totally lost in Reykjavík. I ended up walking alongside the ocean – and it was glowing blue. It looked like it had a lamp underneath it. This is a completely different experience than recording myself in my Brooklyn bedroom.”

Somers also invited local musicians to contribute to the album, including string ensemble Amiina and múm’s guitarist Róbert Sturla Reynisson.

Below, watch an album trailer featuring a new track called “Forever”.

Nepenthe Tracklist:
01. Offing
02. The Harbinger
03. One Half
04. Look Into Your Own Mind
05. Pyrrhic
06. Labyrinthine
07. Forever
08. Adventurer of the Family
09. Crystal Lake
10. Waving To You

Julianna Barwick 2013 Tour Dates:
05/16 – Montclair, NJ @ Welmont Theater
06/18 – London, UK @ Meltdown Festival
07/14 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge
08/28 – Brussels, BE @ Feeerieen Festival
09/01 – North Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/04 – Paris, FR @ Les 3 Baudets
09/05 – Utrecht, NL @ Night of the Unexpected
09/06 – Amsterdam, NL @ Night of the Unexpected
09/07 – Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Entry
09/21 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation
09/22 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
09/26 – Toronto, ON @ Double Double Land
09/27 – Rochester, NY @ Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium
09/28 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
09/29 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording
10/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ VIA Festival at Andy Warhol Museum
10/02 – Asheville, NC @ Apothecary
10/04 – New Orleans, LA @ AllWays Lounge and Theatre
10/05 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud and Water

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