October 2013 National Music Reviews

Review: Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe

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Julianna Barwick
Nepenthe
Dead Oceans
Street: 08.20
Julianna Barwick = Enya + The xx
I found it really interesting to listen to this album and then read about how Julianna Barwick produces the music, layering samples of her voice to create an eerie, haunting vocal effect that sounds very choral. Although some of the tracks on the album, such as “Pyrrhic” and “Adventurer of the Family,” create sort of a sad vibe, the album as a whole was super relaxing and pleasant to the ears. Some of my favorite songs on the album were “Offing,” “One Half” and “Labyrinthine,” because they set a happy yet subtle tone for the listener. –Julia Sachs
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