Julianna Barwick's third album, Will, which came out earlier this year, is her most expansive work yet, moving away from the purely vocal arrangements of her previous efforts to incorporate swelling strings, inventive percussion, and electronic distortion. At times, Barwick's new music takes on the abstract grandiosity of Sigur Rós, known for their heart string-tugging, awe-inspiring melodies. This bigger sound will be a perfect accompaniment to the meditative post-rockers Explosions in the Sky, who conceive contemplative instrumental tunes that swell and crash majestically over their often-many minutes. Barwick never gets quite so dramatic: Her compositions are constrained and effective. Live, she builds her layers of looped vocals over the course of minutes into a soothing soundscape that you'll wish would never end.
Brooklyn solo musician