Selections: Julianna Barwick
In this regular feature, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections. This week, after releasing her fourth album 'Healing Is A Miracle' on Ninja Tune, choral ambient producer and vocalist Julianna Barwick steps up with ten cuts of celestial electronics, frenetic beats and languid hip-hop
Record stores and clubs around the world are shut, and opportunities to find new music out in the wild have been ripped from under our feet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While hearing new music played out by your favourite DJs will have to be put on hold due to these unprecedented circumstances, it’s never been easier, or more important, to support the artists and labels putting out EPs, albums and compilations in the midst of all the madness.
With tour cancellations and festival postponements leaving many members of the international electronic music community out of pocket, Bandcamp has become an even more vital platform for supporting the music you love, with 80% of all sales from the online music store going directly to artists and labels. In March, the platform announced it would be waiving its revenue share for all sales for one day, and on Friday 20th, took no cut from purchases made. In total, $4.3 million was spent on music over the course of 24 hours, all going straight to the creators. Throughout lockdown, Bandcamp continued to waive their fees on the first Friday of every month up to July, as well as on 19th June (Juneteenth), when the platform donated 100% of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund. Last month, it was announced that a fee-free "Bandcamp Friday" would take place on the first Friday of each month for the rest of 2020.
In this series, Selections, we’re inviting DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections. In lieu of opportunities to discover new records on the dancefloor, Selections – along with radio shows and mixes – will give you the chance to nab sounds from the crates of tastemakers, and support the artists behind them while you’re at it. Win-win, right?
This week, Julianna Barwick flags up 10 newly added gems in her collection, spanning celestial electronics, frenetic beats and languid hip-hop. The Los Angeles-based, Louisiana-born artist released her fourth album ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ earlier this month via Ninja Tune, expanding her distinct choral ambient style to incorporate collaborations with the likes of Mary Lattimore, Sigur Ros’ Jónsi and Nosaj Thing. The collection retains the mesmerising atmospheres Barwick has become so adept at creating over the past decade and a half, but further embraces pop structures and emotional assertion, resulting in her most striking work to date. As her Selections show, Barwick’s tastes are vast and varied, and much like ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ does, they emphasise the tenderness that can be found amid intensity, and the boldness that can be felt from even the most gentle of sounds.
Check out Julianna Barwick’s Selections below, and buy ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ here.
“Is there anything angel Deradoorian can't do? I met her when she was singing and playing bass with Dirty Projectors. Since then, I've seen her play amazing music with her sister, play a mesmerising and stellar set at a drone festival, and now she's dropped a record that sounds like my favorite parts of Suzanne Ciani and Steve Hauschildt's records. Pretty awesome."
"It's been fun to listen to patten's progression over the years. I met him in 2007 when he set up a few shows for me to play in London. Just an absolute earth angel- he didn't know me at all and took care of an American stranger figuring out the ropes. I love this song from the record 'FLEX' – a little scary but fun to dance hard to."
"I love the slow and cyclical build on this track. I have no idea how Robert makes these tracks. I saw him play live a year ago and it looked like he was at the helm of a spaceship."
"You know I love Mary's work but here she is playing a harmonium and a Moog Mother 32, as opposed to her tricked-out harp. Very nice to zone out to."
“Recently discovered Moon Diagrams! Been on repeat. I love this long track. I always want a good dancey track to go on forever and this one hits the spot. Loving all his stuff so much.”
"This track hits like a memory, something lost in time. I love the gauziness of it, it's so romantic."
"Talented young man here making some great stuff. This is my favourite track from his record that came out this year called 'Black Schemata'."
"William is a close friend. This track is from music he made for the film The First Cow. I love it when music is instantly recognisable. It's even more impressive when it's a fairly common instrument – here it's an acoustic guitar. But I guess that's what makes inimitable artists inimitable."
“Heard this on the radio and had to listen to the whole record ASAP, which sent me down a Teebs hole. Great guests on this particular record. Panda bear is one, he's always been one of my favourites.”
“In 2014 I brought a band with me on tour, Vasillus, which featured the amazing Ahmad Bilal on 303 and vocals. Just incredible, born to do it. This is his latest project and his range across genres just amazes me.”
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