Julianna Barwick will be ending our long wait for a new album on July 10, when she releases Healing is a Miracle, her new album on her new label Ninja Tune. The album is the first she’s made since relocating to Los Angeles, and sees her working with three key contributors: Jónsi, Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore – a diverse trio that are sure to all make excellent additions to Barwick’s constellation of sounds.
Today she shares the opening track of the album, “Inspirit”, the first song she made with her new studio monitors, which were a birthday gift from Jónsi and his partner Alex Somers. She says:
“When I added the bass I really felt it in my body, you know, in a way you just wouldn’t with headphones… it was kind of euphoric and fun. I got really excited about making the record in that moment, and I think that really had an impact on the sounds I ended up making.”
The added oomph is instantly palpable on “Inspirit”, with bass synth adding a strong undertow to her usual gracious sound. Her work has always been immersive, but “Inspirit” takes us on a much deeper submersion in the world that Barwick creates. The synths are thicker, her vocals span wider, and the overall sonic picture is entirely enveloping – healing, even.
You can listen to “Inspirit” on your preferred platform or enjoy it with the Icelandic video below.