Enya may not be putting out any new music but there are many artists who are taking that layered vocal sound in different directions. One of them is Julianna Barwick. The Louisiana born, Missouri raised and of course, Brooklyn based artist does something Enya doesn’t dare do, perform live, layering her voice in real time choirs. Earlier this year Barwick released Nepenthe, an album of vocal music that seems to rise out of cemetery fog, a ghostly, amorphous sound ascending toward the heavens. It’s a very rarefied released coming from the alt-rock heavy Dead Oceans label.
A very rarefied released coming from the alt-rock heavy Dead Oceans label, Nepenthe is ambient music for voice, with Barwick creating her vocal choirs in real time using looping and lots of delays and reverb. It’s like Enya with the sweetness strained out through Joan La Barbara and looped in Frippertronics. Joined by ambient guitarist Scott Bell, we’re going to hear Julianna Barwick do it live tonight on Echoes.
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