ALBUM RELEASE // Julianna Barwick “Nepenthe” Out Today

Beyond proud to release Julianna Barwick‘s new album, Nepenthe, today in stores and online! Produced by Sigor Ros‘s Alex Somers in Iceland, Julianna’s layered angelic vocals loop in and out of expansive compositions meant to represent the sorrow and sadness she faced before and during the album’s recording, but also reflect the stark beauty and loneliness of Iceland in what Nathan Shaffer of Tiny Mix Tapes calls “profound and giving music.”

All this week you can stream Julianna’s third full-length album, Nepenthe, via Gorilla Vs Bear. Order the new album at SCD, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

Read more below for early reviews, her in-studio performance of “Forever” live on WNYC’s Soundcheck, and info on her album release show tonight plus tour dates through late Fall.

The first critics have weighed in on Nepenthe:

isn’t just accessibly, prettily head-filling and ethereal. It’s downright medicinal, altering the listener’s surroundings in ways that make them comfortable, yet still wondrously inviting

Nepenthe is a very special album, one which doesn’t sound like anything else around but which also sounds like music you have unwittingly known your whole life

It’s not only her biggest and most ambitious production to date, but also the album that best showcases her gift for communicating complex emotional entanglements so simply and clearly they become almost weightless

If you are in Manhattan tonight then head to Judson Memorial Church for her album release show. After tonight she heads to Europe for a handful of dates before starting her US tour at Basilica Sound Scape Festival on September 13th in New York. On the 16th she joins Sigur Ros for stops along the East Coast and Southern US. All tour dates are listed below.


8/20 | New York, NY – Judson Memorial Church – LP Release Show
8/28 | Brussels, BE – Feeerieen Festival
8/29 | London, UK – St. Giles Church
8/31 | North Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
9/04 | Paris, FR – Les 3 Baudets
9/05 | Utrecht, NL – Night of the Unexpected
9/06 | Amsterdam, NL – Night of the Unexpected
9/07 | Vlieland, NL – Into The Great Wide Open Festival
9/13 | Hudson, NY – Basilica Sound Scape Festival
9/16 | Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion *
9/17 | Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn *
9/19 | Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
9/20 | Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center *
9/21 | Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater *
9/23 | Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena *
9/24 | Norfolk, VA – Old Dominion Constant Center *
9/25 | Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum *
9/27 | Asheville, NC – US Cellular Arena *
9/28 | Nashville, TN – The Woods *
9/30 | Chicago, IL – Chicago Auditorium Theatre *
10/1 | St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theater *
10/3 | New Orleans, LA – Champions Square *
10/4 | Birmingham, AL – Magic City Theater *
10/5 | Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre *
10/7 | Tampa, FL – USF Sun Dome *
10/8 | Orlando, FL – UCF Arena *
10/9 | Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre *

* dates w/Sigur Ros

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