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Dead Oceans

If you’re fa­mil­iar with Ju­lianna Barwick’s first two al­bums, you’ll be aware of the Louisiana-born, Brook­lyn-based mu­si­cian’s spacey, ethe­real sound and how she places more em­pha­sis on tex­ture and hazy at­mos­phere than on ac­tual songs. There’s a lot more of the same on Will, a record packed with dreamy swathes of lay­ered vo­cals, wist­ful pi­ano-based tracks and slow-mov­ing, throb­bing synth riffs. There’s noth­ing wrong with that; in fact, the spacey, swirling

Ne­bula and the breathy Beached are pos­i­tively sooth­ing. On the other hand, lis­ten­ers look­ing for some­thing more solid to latch on to will be dis­ap­pointed. Apart from siren-like closer See, Know, there is lit­tle to rouse you from your au­ral reverie and the lack of dy­namic be­tween these tracks ul­ti­mately proves a smidge frus­trat­ing. Ju­liannabar­wick.com

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