Published Feb 08, 2013In the two years since Julianna Barwick delivered her ethereal, loop-based solo LP The Magic Place, the experimental artist has offered up a collaborative LP with DNA's Ikue Mori and a full-length as Ombre with Helado Negro (aka Roberto Carlos Lange). Barwick is about to hit back on the solo front, though, via the release of a new 7-inch single on Suicide Squeeze.
Delivered as part of the Pacific Northwest imprint's single series, the wax slab arrives March 5 and contains the new tunes "Pacing" and "Call." Barwick posted "Pacing" to YouTube today (February 8), and it finds the artist mixing especially minimalist piano textures with her open-ended and airy vocal layering.
"It's a bit of a diversion from the vocal loop-based songs I tend to make" she said in a statement of the song, which you can stream below. "I absolutely love the piano. I wish I could play it better."
The B-side, meanwhile, is also described as "a frail and passionate solo piano piece."
Fitting with the theme, the single's cover art, which you can see up above, also ties to Barwick's current fixation on the eighty-eights.
"I chose my friend Peter Coffin's photograph of a piece he did based on the Newton color scale that corresponds perfectly to the musical scale," she added. "I absolutely love the image and it corresponds well with the piano pieces on the single."