Julianna Barkwick will join Eluvium on a U.S. tour this May! Julianna Barwick recently signed to Asthmatic Kitty and will be releasing an album in 2011.
Julianna Barwick’s experimental soundscapes are in part informed by her experience growing up in Louisiana and Missouri, singing weekly with her church congregation and school choirs. Her loop-based compositions replicate the soaring textures of a large choral group using only her voice, a loop station and some occasional instrumentation. Barwick starts her songs quietly, usually with a single refrain, and then builds the pieces up until she’s created a complicated, weaving sonic architecture. Her extraordinary range and vocal technique propels the music into a variety of different emotional spaces, from feverish to tranquil.
Julianna Barwick’s music has been reviewed in Time Out New York, Time Out Lisbon, The New York Times and The Village Voice, among other publications. Her music has also been featured as “Best New Music” on Pitchfork, which also gave her latest release, 2009’s Florine EP an honorable mention for an album of the year. She has recently performed at the Abrons Art Center, Bowery Ballroom, and has toured throughout the US and Europe. In 2007 she released her first record, “Sanguine”, which is being released this fall on vinyl on M’Lady’s Records.
Eluvium is touring in support of the new album Similes which is out now on Temporary Residence Ltd. Similes, the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed Copia, Eluvium takes a courageous creative leap with Similes, an 8-song album featuring three key musical elements previously uncharted by Eluvium: percussion, a verse-chorus song structure, and singing. For a celebrated experimental musician, it was just about the bravest and scariest direction to go. In this way, Similes is the most truly experimental Eluvium album yet, and also the most accessible. Written, performed and recorded as always by Matthew Cooper in his own Watership Sounds studio, Similes marries Eluvium’s trademark dream-like aura with Cooper’s unique, laconic vocals, akin to an especially contemplative Ian Curtis with trace reflections of Magnetic Fields and Brian Eno. It is the most daring – and ultimately most rewarding – work of Eluvium’s impressive and prolific career.
Eluvium + Julianna Barwick Tour Dates
04.29 – Portland OR @ Holocene
04.30 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
05.02 – San Francisco CA @ Cafe du Nord
05.04 – San Diego CA @ Casbah
05.05 – Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg
05.06 – Phoenix AZ @ Trunkspace Gallery
05.08 – Austin TX @ The Parish
05.09 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
05.10 – Houston TX @ Mangoâ€™s
05.12 – Tallahassee FL @ Engine Room
05.13 – St. Augustine FL @ Cafe Eleven
05.14 – Atlanta GA @ The Earl *
05.15 – Asheville NC @ Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center *
05.16 – Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
05.17 – Washington DC @ DC9 *
05.19 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge *
05.20 – Allston MA @ Great Scott *
05.21 – Montreal @ Casa del Popo *
05.22 – Toronto @ The Drake *
05.24 – Chicago @ Schuba’s *
05.25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Big Car Gallery
05.26 – Louisville @ 21C Museum
05.28 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
05.30 – Denver @ Larimer Lounge
05.31- Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
* w/ Julianna Barwick