All Songs Considered
Wed March 6, 2013
First Watch: Julianna Barwick, 'Offing'
Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 5:38 pm
In a way, singer Julianna Barwick's ethereal voice and seemingly shapeless songs are a form of abstract art: colorful and curious, with lines that drift and flow in unexpected but beautiful directions. For her latest video, and a new song called "Offing," Barwick finds commonality in architect Philip Johnson's Glass House and a strange sculpture from artist Ken Price. Barwick performs alongside the sculpture for a live audience, filling the Glass House with layers of her sublime voice.
"Offing" is the opening track to Barwick's next full-length record, due out sometime in late summer.
Barwick was the first in an ongoing series of artists to perform at the Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., alongside other sculptures, pairing music with other art in the architectural landmark. The video of her performance was directed by Derrick Belcham.