We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Julianna Barwick and Maria Minerva at Holocene on Friday, September 28, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 28.
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1001 Southeast Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214
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EARLY SHOW! 7PM DOORS, 7:30PM SHOW! An intimate evening with these dazzling co-headliners: two Sirens of synth-pop, bringing their delicate and hazy compositions to our stage.
“The interface between the voice and technology is central to Juliana Barwick’s art. A Louisiana-born, Brooklyn-based singer who previously released the album Sanguine and the EP Florine, Barwick makes music whose raw material is almost exclusively her voice. But it’s hard to know what she might sound like alone in a room. When she records, Barwick layers and processes and twists her utterances into figures that can alternately be described as familiar, soothing, alien, and tense. She might bring to mind the bright harmonies of Panda Bear or the mystical invocations of Elizabeth Fraser, but her approach is her own.
That’s partly because her music feels homemade. We know that she spent a lot of time in church as a kid, so it’s tempting to think of her work as a digital update on sacred hymns. The heavy reverb and layering brings to mind cathedrals, light refracted through stained glass, some kind of surrender to or celebration of the eternal. But while Barwick can seem to be reaching for these grand themes and overwhelming statements, there’s something in her music that brings it back down to earth. It feels human, imperfect, and intimate, and the line of communication is one-to-one. Despite her music’s often epic sweep, it can feel like she is whispering in our ears. So the sense of the sublime, which permeates every note of her material, ultimately works on a humble scale.”
– Pitchfork, Best New Music
“Maria Juur, or the artist known as Maria Minerva, was born in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn a few years before the country achieved independence from the USSR. The daughter of an Estonian music critic, she gravitated to the more theoretical side of the arts, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Tallinn University. Like many a member of the post-communist generation, Maria eventually grew restless in her hometown. A year ago, she moved to London to pursue a Master’s in Aural & Visual Cultures at the city’s prestigious Goldsmiths college.
Maria did not begin making music until fairly recently, but her distinctive and zeitgeist-embracing lo-fi disco-pop quickly piqued the interest of the blogosphere when MP3s like “Disko Bliss” and “California Scheming” started circulating in early 2011. On the heels of a 12″ on 100% Silk and her Tallinn At Dawn cassette on Not Not Fun, Maria recently dropped her first proper LP, Cabaret Cixous. Two more Maria Minerva releases are also on the way: a second EP on 100% Silk called Sacred and Profane Love, and a collaborative effort with Amanda Brown’s LA Vampires.” – Altered Zones
“Her music is a place where academia and pop culture, tastefulness and excess, dominance and submission, and yes, HÃ©lÃ¨ne Cixous and Britney Spears, all commingle in a hazy, libidinous swirl.” – Pitchfork on Maria Minerva