Julianna Barwick readies album #3

Julianna Barwick Julianna Barwick is to release a new album on August 19 through the Dead Oceans label.

It’s her third album and is called Nepenthe and is to be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. The album was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland during February.

“I was inspired just by being there, and the gorgeousness of that place,” she says. “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.”

There’s a teenage choir on the song Forever, while Icelandic band Amiina guest on the track The Harbinger.

“I had never had anyone play on any record before, so this was a 180 turn.”

Here’s a trailer for the album, featuring the song Forever….

Incidentally, if you are wondering where the album title comes from, in ancient Greek literature, nepenthe is a drug used to wipe out grief and sorrow by making you forget the cause of the emotional pain.

Barwick, who was commissioned to remix Radiohead’s Reckoner in 2010, will be headlining Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival in London on June 18. This happens at the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre. She also plays the End Of The Road Festival in North Dorset on September 1.

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