Photo: Jen Medina

Julianna Barwick is back with Healing Is A Miracle, her new album, scheduled for July 10 release on Ninja Tune.

Healing Is A Miracle lands four years after the American musician’s last album, Will, on Dead Oceans. The record is built on improvisation and a close affinity to a couple of trusted items of gear, from which she spins “engrossing, expansive universes,” the label explains. Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Nosaj Thing, and Mary Lattimore all feature.

Barwick began working on the album in spring last year, when she sat down with her vocal looping setup and began sketching out some ideas for new solo material. “It had been so long since I had done that,” she recalls, “making something for myself, just for the love of it… it was emotional, because I was recording music that was just from the heart, that wasn’t for an ‘assignment’ or project… it brought me to tears a little.” She recorded it in the wake of a move from New York, where she had lived for 16 years, to Los Angeles, where she is now based.

The title of the record came to her after thinking about how the human body heals itself. “You cut your hand, it looks pretty bad, and two weeks later it looks like it never happened… That’s kind of amazing, you know?” From there, she conceived of the record’s simple statement title, ran it past a couple of friends, and it was settled.

The album’s artwork was shot in Iceland by Joel Kazuo Knoernschild and is taken from a series of aerial films shot by drone above the country’s coastline, which also make up the video for “Inspirit,” announced today alongside the single.


01. Inspirit
02. Oh, Memory ft. Mary Lattimore
03. Healing Is A Miracle
04. In Light ft. Jónsi
05. Safe
06. Flowers
07. Wishing Well
08. Nod ft. Nosaj Thing

Healing Is A Miracle LP will be released physically and digitally on July 10 on Ninja Tune. Meanwhile, you can stream “Inspirit” below and pre-order the album here.