Surreal, unexpected, and compelling: the ten albums that follow hover somewhere around the experimental/avant-garde divide, musically speaking. They range from drifting textures born from manipulated guitars and vocals to more traditional verse/chorus/verse arrangements that nonetheless threaten to implode into a squall of noise. What they share is a fondness for pushing into unexplored territory, and sometimes recombining disparate elements into a unified whole.
The second album from Julianna Barwick relies on the manipulation of looped, haunting vocals. It feels more structured than her debut, 2009′s Florine. And on a few of these pieces — notably “Bob In Your Gait” and “Flown” — Barwick incorporates additional instrumentation into her sound, to a beautifully jarring effect.
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Release Date: February 22