Published Mar 08, 2016Experimental sound auteur Julianna Barwick last left us with the taste of her brewery-backed Rosabi EP, but will next be giving listeners a more full-bodied release. Her third proper full-length is titled Will, and it arrives May 6 via Dead Oceans.
A press release notes that the new album is the proper follow-up to 2013's Nepenthe. While that record had been cut in Iceland, Will brings together various sessions. Songs were tracked in a house in upstate New York, Asheville, NC's Moog Factory, and in Lisbon, Portugal. Fittingly, the set is said to be "a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still."
"I love touring, but it can be a wild ride. You're constantly adjusting, assimilating, and finding yourself in life-changing situations," the musician said in a statement. She added of the arrangements on Will, "I knew I'd be playing these songs live, so I wanted some movement. Something that had rhythm and low-end."
Described as "ominous" and "compelling," the record is said to have a strong synth presence. In addition to Barwick, the recordings feature performances from Mas Ysa's Thomas Arsenault, Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussion player Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines).
Pre-orders for Will are up now on Barwick's website, with limited quantities coming packaged with a 7-inch of outtakes.
Down below, you'll find a video of Will's first single, "Nebula," as well as the album's tracklisting info and some upcoming tour dates.
1. St. Apolonia
6. Big Hollow
7. Heading Home
9. See, Know
04/01 Athens, GA - Slingshot Festival at Georgia Theatre
04/14 New York, NY - Titus Theater 1 at MoMA
04/28 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
04/29 Portland, ME - The Space Gallery
05/06 Los Angeles, CA - Velaslavasay Panorama
05/10 Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey Arts Center
04/30 Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace
05/07 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
05/11 Portland, OR - Old Church
05/13 Mayer, AZ - Arcosanti
05/19 Durham, NC - Moogfest 2016 at First Presbyterian
06/15 Washington, DC - Sixth & I
06/ 16 Philadelphia, PA - Small Chapel
06/23 Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art