“Labyrinthine,” the standout track on Brooklyn singer/songwriter Julianna Barwick’s 2013 album Nepenthe, doubles as an apt description of her enveloping, maze-like sound, which tends to be ethereal and mysterious, awash in angelic tones and radiant alien textures.
The London-based singer and recent Sub Pop signee, who opens here for Wake Owl, fills her most recent album, Mirrors in the Sky, with dreamy, electro-tinged bedroom-pop songs so casual they sound as though they could have been laid to tape while the singer lounged in a candle-lit bubble bath.
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Matthew Hemerlein, who records and performs under the Lo-Fang banner, laid his debut effort Blue Film to tape following a stretch where he crisscrossed the globe like some kind of musical Carmen Sandiego, venturing to far-off locales like Cambodia and Bali.
It’s hard to argue with the sentiments behind Record Store Day, a music-lover’s holiday designed to celebrate the independent brick-and-mortar shops that have managed to survive — and in some cases thrive within — the era of digital downloads. With that said, the annual event, which takes place at record stores nationwide on Saturday, April 19, has shifted some from its modest roots as major labels have continued to flood the market with “limited” releases of mediocre albums. Even worse, the few worthwhile LPs that do hit shelves tend to get snapped up quickly and sold online at criminal markups (search “record store day” on Ebay around noon Saturday and prepare to cringe).
SRVVLST (pronounced “survivalist”) is a fitting name for the searing post-punk quartet, which specializes in raw-nerve tunes that sound like they could have been constructed in the wilderness using some combination of animal bones, sweat, teeth, mud and spit.