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The Magic Place is the third record from Julianna Barwick, and the first to be released by Asthmatic Kitty.This nine piece, 43 minute album is a cinematic journey through glacial pacing and drifting drones. The occasional icy down-plink of piano, Julianna's gorgeous churchhouse sigh of a voice, a swell of a dozen voices rising in harmony this is music from the inside of the fortress of solitude, the work of a solitary creator, a message from a crystal palace of reverb and avant-choral bliss.
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  • Vinyl (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • ASIN: B004DPHVJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Take a woman with a beautiful voice and a love of tape loops, very light instrumentation, and a church with big, echo-y acoustics, and the result is this gorgeous album. Its acoustics and wordless vocals are a kind of postmodern Gregorian chant: Though not religious--that is, the absence of text means there's no dogma or even theology in these pieces--one can certainly, easily, find oneself contemplating spiritual and even divine matters as one listens.

A reviewer here dismissed other people's comparing Barwick's record to Enya's music; I'd argue, though, that they're each working different sides of the same sonic territory. Another connection that may be helpful: Much of this music--the title track in particular--would be right at home during certain scenes in The Tree of Life (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy).

Docked one star solely because I wish there were just a little more variety in these pieces. I understand that they are not supposed to have a great sense of movement to them, that they're supposed to be "places" and, thus, destinations in their own right (like much of Arvo Part's instrumental music) but I do get the feeling that the "places" themselves could have been more varied. That (personal) misgiving aside, I highly recommend this beautiful record to lovers of atmosphere in their ambient music.
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First thing first, this album is not pop. It is not soul, rock, or any other label that you may try to put on it. Simply put, the album sounds like nothing that you have ever heard before. Not since the early 80's version of the Cocteau Twins has there been such an inventive and different sound. Barwick uses her voice to create sound landscapes and atmosphere. She uses minimal lyrics so these are not "songs" in the pop since.
However, if you have open ears, and like to take a chance with different music, then this is a must listen. It kind of reminds me of some classical music but not as cold and distant as some of it can be. It also reminds me of ambient music, but not as disengaging. Julianna Barwick's music is warm and emotional, but on her own terms.
Sorry if this doesn't make much since. You really have to hear this album. I would recommend checking out the youtube videos first, but keep in mind that her music really sounds good in the better quality CD or even decent bit-rate download, as you can get here on Amazon.
Give this a chance, if you find yourself liking this album, as I have, you will want to go back to it over and over again. That is the mark of a truly great album in my book.
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