Julianna Barwick is back to soothe and enchant us with Healing Is A Miracle, her first new record in four years, following the release of Will in 2016. The album sees her exploring rich sonic possibilities through improvisation and her singular, ethereal and immersive loop-based compositions. After recording all of her music on headphones, on Healing Is A Miracle she turned to studio monitors, which had been gifted to her by Jónsi and Alex (Somers). “The first song I remember making with those was the first song on the album, Inspirit.” she explains, “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”, she explained. “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.”
A transitional album, Barwick recorded it in the aftermath of her move from New York to Los Angeles, with the help of Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore. Healing Is A Miracle, as the title suggests, takes its name from the processes of body healing. “You cut your hand, it looks pretty bad, and two weeks later it looks like it never happened… That’s kind of amazing, you know?”
The record is set for release on July 10th through Ninja Tune and Barwick has already shared two moving and mesmerizing singles, ‘Inspirit’ and ‘In Light’ featuring Jónsi. ‘In Light’ comes with a gorgeous accompanying video, directed by Joel Kazuo Knoernschild.