Earlier this year Julianna Barwick released Nepenthe, a record that pushed her impressionistic vocal collages to a beautiful peak. The video for “The Harbinger” is equally impressionistic, providing just the briefest sketches of a story — a body floating in water, a ghost-like after-image, one brief flash of a man’s face. It’s the fact that these gentle brushstrokes, much like the music, are expressed with such passion and emotion that makes the video stick in your mind. You feel it, even if you don’t understand it. Watch the video below, directed by Derrick Belcham, who was also behind Barwick’s recent live performance where she sang with trick-or-treaters.
Nepenthe is out now via Dean Oceans.