Barrie, the NYC-based project led by Barrie Lindsay, has shared stripped back versions of “Clovers” and”Chinatown”, two tracks taken from debut album ‘Happy To Be Here’ which was released earlier this year via Winspear. The band have also announced new European live dates, including Pitchfork Paris, MIRRORS Festival in London and UK support shows with Charly Bliss.
Featuring an intimate performance on a hand-me-down Steinway piano from an old landlord, “Clovers (Alt)”demonstrates Barrie’s dynamic range when it comes to tight pop arrangements. The new take on the debut’s lead single highlights Barrie Lindsay’s versatile musicianship — adding thoughtful layers of cello and trumpet she played and recorded in her New York apartment. On “Chinatown (Alt)”, Barrie’s soft and dream-like vocal cadence engulfs the track and lulls the listener into a peaceful bliss. Both tracks were finished with Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear) who co-produced and engineered ‘Happy To Be Here’.
On their debut LP ‘Happy To Be Here’, Brooklyn-based Barrie show a multidimensional take on classic pop sounds, daydreamy but also firmly in the present. Lindsay largely wrote these songs late into the night, alone in her apartment, and her voice feels appropriately full of possibility throughout. ‘Happy To Be Here’ is a softly explosive document of Barrie’s vision for “a well-crafted pop song that’s a little bit fucked up.” The album’s singles speak to its scope: the analog synths that burst from piano pointillism on “Clovers”, the lush electric guitar grooves on opener“Darjeeling”, the minimal arrangement and modular programmed drums of “Saturated”.
Barrie European live dates:
Oct 22 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas %
Oct 23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Festaal Kreuzberg %
Oct 24 – Hamburg, DE @ Bahnhof Pauli %
Oct 25 – Utrecht, NL @ Under Your Skin Festival
Oct 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival
Oct 27 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg %
Oct 30 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
Nov 01 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Paris
Nov 02 – London, UK @ MIRRORS (Dingwalls)
Nov 04 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns ^
Nov 05 – Cardiff, UK @ 10 Feet Tall ^
Nov 06 – London, UK @ Scala ^
Nov 07 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute ^