Julianna Barwick’s music belongs to a pocket universe. That is to say, it’s other-worldly yet tethered to our current state of time and place. Earthly elements (vocals, keys, etc.) are contorted, folded, layered to dizzying effect. Her new album, Will, makes for a great case study. “Same”, the second single off Will, is our case in point – and now it has a captivating video to boot. Read the rest of this entry »
“To listen to the music of Julianna Barwick is to be swept away; to be transported someplace sacred. It’s the sound of yearning, searching and escape.” – NPR Music
“The consistent loveliness of [Barwick’s] approach remains, and both longtime fans and newcomers should be glad to know that’s also true of…Barwick’s upcoming, self-produced Will.” – Pitchfork
“Writing about just one Julianna Barwick track feels like reviewing only one star in the constellation.” –SPIN
Today marks the release of a truly special record from Julianna Barwick, namely her third full-length, Will. Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, Will is a travelogue of sorts – weaving together swaths of inspiration from a desolate house in upstate New York to the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to Lisbon, Portugal.
An electric current runs throughout the record, sharp and soft textures colliding to cathartic results. Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm – looming and restorative all at once. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still.
Barwick will tour in support of Will starting this week in Los Angeles. She’s added a new date at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on June 25th. Mas Ysa will support. Full list of dates below.
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05/06/16 Los Angeles, CA – Velaslavasay Panorama (SOLD OUT) **
05/07/16 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel **
05/10/16 Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey Arts Center **
05/11/16 Portland, OR – The Old Church **
05/15/16 Arcosanti, AZ – FORM Arcosanti
05/21/16 Durham, NC – Moogfest 2016 at First Presbyterian
06/02/16 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
06/04/16 Berlin, DE – Torstrassen Festival
06/06/16 Paris, FR – Carmen
06/07/16 Brussels, BE – La Nuit de Botanique Festival
06/08/16 London, UK – Pickle Factory
06/15/16 Washington, DC – Sixth & I **
06/16/16 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness **
06/17/16 Cincinnati, OH – Ice Cream Factory **
06/18/16 Chicago, IL – Constellation **
06/19/16 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Culture Center **
06/20/16 Madison, WI – The Frequency **
06/22/16 Indianapolis, IN – Tube Factory Artspace **
06/23/16 Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art **
06/24/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **
06/25/16 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom **
08/18/16 – 08/21/16 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
“Singing Saw is a breakthrough for just how fully formed it is, a beautifully structured and produced record that is nothing short of a triumph.” – NPR Music’s Songs We Love
“Kevin Morby’s superb third album is the sound of a man gently losing his mind to music and not caring that much at all.” – UNCUT, 9/10
“Singing Saw is his strongest album because it shows a process of refinement, and because Morby’s songwriting has become less referential and more grounded. The basic ingredients haven’t changed, but Morby is figuring out how to retain and amplify his strongest points—his weary and wise voice, his understanding of how the musical pieces fit together—and leave everything else behind” – Pitchfork, Best New Music
Kevin Morby has long been an artist whose work we admire. So needless to say, we’re elated that today marks the release of his stunning Dead Oceans debut, Singing Saw. These songs were crafted on a left-behind upright piano at Morby’s new-found home in the hills of Los Angeles. Listening along you can practically feel the winding side streets of his neighborhood, see the skyline’s sweeping lights, and hear the wind rustle the dried out underbrush of the LA flora.
This is Morby’s most realized effort of songwriting and lyricism. Singing Saw is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for this young, gifted songwriter with a kind face and a complicated mind.
Today, Kevin Morby is streaming his incredible new record, Singing Saw, in full. That’s right! You can hear the whole thing right now thanks to a variety of radio partners throughout the US and Canada. We’re so excited to have CBC, KCRW from Los Angeles, KTBG from Kansas City (Kevin’s hometown), KCMP of Minneapolis, WXPN of Philadelphia on board to support Kevin’s stunning Dead Oceans debut.
We’ve reached the time of year where thunderstorms become more frequent, high and low temps colliding to dramatic affect. There’s a change in pressure that alerts of an oncoming storm. The wind picks up, as does the hair on the back of your neck. Julianna Barwick’s new single “Same” is that charge in the air. Read the rest of this entry »