(2007, Self Released)
Subject to some recent blog hype, Julianna Barwick’s music is like the love child of Panda Bear’s Person Pitch and Grouper’s Cover the Windows and the Walls. Looping her choral vocals into gorgeous pastoral hymns, Barwick has created thirteen varied slices of heaven with her debut Sanguine. The tonal quality of the tracks is otherworldly in its beauty, reimagining blue skies and clouds. The one draw back to Sanguine is its length. At just 25 minutes, many of the songs sound like sound samples that you would hear on a website advertising a full length album. With a little bit more room to develop Sanguine could have reached the top spot this year. Even so, the tracks are so robust with their own miniature loveliness that it is hard to stay disgruntled for long. With Sanguine Barwick has bestowed the world with a wonderful gift that will hopefully prove to be the beginning of a series of work that will continue to grow and progress.
Julianna Barwick - "Dancing With Friends"