ALBUM REVIEW: Julianna Barwick – Healing is a Miracle | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 10.07.20






Julianna Barwick’s fourth album is short, but indefinitely haunting. Her voice – high pitched yet soft – dominates; unfolding layer after layer, multiplying, fully drenched in reverb. There is a lot of space in this music. Safe, with its brittle wall of sound, recalls the sweetest moments of My Bloody Valentine. Flowers disintegrates into a spacious, lovely drone, while Wishing Well is reminiscent of the sparse, unhurried grace of Grouper.

It’s a powerful record – not through force or loudness – but because of its endurance. Yet all the mirrors and reflections become dizzying after a while. I wish I could make out the words, if only once. But, as in a dream, everything appears through a veil – only the feeling remains.


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