Ombre: Believe You Me

Worlds collide as celestial ambience meets electric latin psych.

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Ethereal chanteuse Julianna Barwick first hit Prog’s radar with the heavenly looped vocals of 2011’s The Magic Place. We were late to the party: the Louisiana-born soundsmith had been beavering away with tech-craft for some years. Here she partners with Brooklyn-based latin guitarist Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, for something a little different.

Still using her extraordinary Liz Fraser-like vocals, Barwick also picks up guitar, vibraphone and synth to blend with Lange’s laconic amble down the alleys of rhythmical folk and dream-pop. It’s a gorgeous, somnambulant sunny daze of a record from two experimenters with an ear for astral uplift.

Lange’s is a calm and crystalline talent, rejecting the fiery latin stereotype with a tranquil and meditative direction, coloured by Hipstergram flashbacks and Tropicalismic character. Barwick’s otherworldly counterpoints fill the spaces with prismatic transcendence.

If this country is never to have a proper summer again this lovely confluence of Gilberto Gil, TV On The Radio, Bear In Heaven and This Mortal Coil will transport you to the great poolside in the sky. Most unique and charming indeed.

Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.