Announce debut album ‘Happy To Be Here’ Out May 3rd on Winspear
Share lead single “Clovers”
Today Barrie have announced details of their debut album and UK live dates in April. ‘Happy To Be Here’ will be released on May 3rd via Winspear and the lead single “Clovers” is online now.
Inclusivity is at the heart of Barrie, the Brooklyn five-piece made of Barrie Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Sabine Holler and Noah Prebish. And on their debut LP ‘Happy To Be Here’, their multidimensional take on classic pop sounds awake and present, like a group that’s daydreaming but firmly there with one another. Lindsay largely wrote these songs late into the night, alone in her apartment, and her voice feels appropriately full of possibility throughout.
Barrie, the band, is primarily her project; on the record, which she co-produced with Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear), Lindsay plays guitar, piano, synth and bass. But still, Barrie is distinctly not a solo project, and ‘Happy To Be Here’—out May 3, 2019 via Winspear—is very much a full band record. Dominic’s drums fill the entire album, while Noah added synths and Spurge sang on nearly every track; the three also contributed production. And Sabine, though stuck in Germany with visa issues, remotely recorded vocals.
Engineered and mixed by Aron at his Brooklyn studio in August 2018, the album is a softly explosive document of Barrie’s collective vision:
“a well-crafted pop song that’s a little bit fucked up,” they explain.
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”.
The album’s energetic but unhurried movement is a testament to the wide-ranging backgrounds of Barrie’s membership: Spurge and Noah met at the Lot Radio through a shared love of house and techno, Dom plays and tours with the electronic rock band Is Tropical, Sabine is a performance artist and solo musician.
“Part of what makes Barrie greater than the sum of the parts is that it’s actually a bunch of freaks working together to make super accessible, satisfying music,” Noah says. “So there’s a somewhat experimental nature to the approach.”
‘Happy To Be Here’ offers snapshots of the band coming together in the city, after having lived all over: Boston, Baltimore, upstate New York, London, São Paulo via Berlin.
“The scaffolding of this album is moving to New York and finding these people that make up the band,” Barrie says. “We’re very different, but we cover each other’s gaps personally and creatively, and are eager to learn from each other.”
BARRIE LIVE DATES:
Feb 10 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel
Feb 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
Feb 14 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport *
Feb 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room *
Feb 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
Feb 18 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Feb 19 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Feb 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club *
Feb 23 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
Feb 24 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
Feb 25 – Oberlin, OH @ Cat in the Cream *
Feb 26 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel *
Feb 27 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
Feb 28 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
Mar 01 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
Mar 02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere *
Mar 03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Mar 05 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd *
Mar 06 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
Mar 07 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
Mar 08 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 *
Mar 09 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Mar 10 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 11 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 12 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 16 – Dallas, TX @ Not So Fun Weekend #
Apr 24 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol
Apr 26 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Apr 28 – Manchester, UK @ YES
Apr 29 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop-Up du Label
May 02 – Gothenburg, SE @ Oceanen
May 03 – Oslo, NO @ Jaeger
May 04 – Stockholm, SE @ Södra Bar
May 06 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Jazz Cafe
May 07 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
May 10 – Bloomington, IN @ Granfalloon Festival ^
* w/ Miya Folick
# w/ Bad Bad Hats, The Beths
^ w/ Neko Case, Sudan Archives
B I Z Z A R R E
Barrie – Happy To Be Here