Live Video: Julianna Barwick

photo by Beth Crook (view set)

If you were to define a sub-genre for Julianna Barwick‘s ambient music, it might be something like “polar pastoralism” as the young church-raised singer and composer evokes both the southern straw dust farmland of her youth and the glacial fields that surrounded the recording of her latest release. For Nepenthe, producer Alex Somers (J√≥nsi, Sin Fang, Pascal Pinon) lured Barwick to Iceland to write and record and ultimately create a new dynamic in her synesthesia of sound and space. The resulting album is just as its title suggests — you’ll likely drop your sorrows and concerns as you’re transported to a serene wonderland. Recently, Julianna Barwick stopped by the KEXP studio, where she was joined by friends Scott Bell and Hannah Epperson, to recreate these spaces just for you.

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