Boomkat Product Review
It's generally hard to be anything but swept away by Julianna Barwick's pedal-enabled cathedrals of vocal beauty, but this new two-tracker is a brave and unexpectedly chilly offering from her, representing something of a departure from the ecstatic, densely massed harmonies of her much-loved The Magic Place LP. 'Pacing' is about as minimalist as she's ever got; her quivering vocal lines, though looped and layered, sounding less like the ecstatic choir of old and more like a solitary ghost trudging through Elysium. It's beautiful, but downcast to say the least. The sense of heartache and listlessness persists throughout B-side 'Call', which does away with vocals entirely, the better to let Barwick's sparse but unusually articulate lead piano part shimmer and shine.