RIYL: Grouper, Julia Holter, Marissa Nadler

Label: Suicide Squeeze Records

Continuing her journey into uncharted waters, Julianna Barwick’s remix of This Will Destroy You’s serene composition The Puritan is an exercise in both refinement and intensification. Taken from TWDY’s viscerally cinematic full-length studio LP Another Language the Brooklyn-based songstress elicits an invisible structure from the track’s warbling textures and oceanic vastness, distilling and reconstituting the band’s reflective soundscape into a rarefied elemental form. The resulting single is pristine and subtle; a fully immersive pairing of melodic piano with layers of decaying tape textures, anchored and paradoxically tethered to submersed bassline programming and distant, hyperborean 4/4 kick drum. By once again shifting shapes and adding emphasis with the beats she does and doesn’t drop, Barwick is able to forge a totally new path for both herself and instrumental-stalwarts This Will Destroy You. A feat not easily accomplished on either count. Like so much of Barwick’s work, The Puritan remix sounds as if it is both sinking, and, floating.

It is easy to see why so many have been swept up in Barwick’s aural currents. Her remix of TWDY’s sonic meditation jaunts into unknown quadrants for both respective parties with marked efficacy, inviting listeners of both Barwick and TWDY into a synergistic, inimitable experience. With filtered and processed piano tones acting as light beacons along the way, and propelled by a undercurrent of sublimated rhythm, Julianna Barwick has reimagined The Puritan as an existential voyage whose destination can be arrived at only in time. 

The video is of the original song from TWDY.

The Details

This 7” is limited to 1000 copies (download cards included)

Pre-order will ship on March 17, 2017

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Price $8

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