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
Here it is, your second slice of Mitski’s gutsy and gorgeous new album, Puberty 2, out June 17th. “Happy” is the forthcoming album’s biting opening track, a song that quickly escalates from intricate electronic pads to rumbling drums and a rare use of horns. Here’s what Mitski had to say about this cut,
“Happiness f**ks you. Once it’s in your hands you try to hold onto it, but the nature of happiness is that it passes through and eventually leaves, and something else – sadness, anger, a low after the high – has to follow. This song is about this exhaustive and exhausting cycle, and how sometimes one would rather not have any of it at all than be constantly thrown about by the waves of these fleeting states.”
So dive into this track head first – put your headphones on, shut out the world for 3:40. It’ll be there when you get back. Read the rest of this entry »
“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.
Mitski’s phenomenal “Your Best American Girl” has been rolling around our heads, glued to the walls of our hearts, since it came out. Not to mention it’s received heaps of praise from the likes of NPR Music,The FADER, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone, for its original portrayal of feeling “half Japanese, half American, but not fully either.”
Today, Mitski presents the absolutely perfect video for this bold number. Directed by Zia Anger with cinematography by Ashley Conner, art direction by Caiti Hawkins and styling by Creatures of the Wind, the “Your Best American Girl” video further plays on the idea of, as a Japanese girl, never quite fitting in with the genre’s surplus of white American guys, and is further proof that 2016 will be a breakout year for one Mitski Miyawaki.