Nepenthe - DEAD OCEANS
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Kyle Lemmon on August 22, 2013
Julianna Barwick decided to call her most heavenly record Nepenthe after a death in the family occurred in the middle of recording—which took place in Reykjavík, Iceland, working with Alex Somers (Sigur Rós collaborator/producer, Alex of Jónsi & Alex)—taking its title from a magical drug of forgetfulness from Greek literature. Appropriately, the Brooklyn ambient-musician’s incandescent-yet-stentorian release acts as a warm and pacifying salve for the heartbroken and exultant alike.