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. 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.
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, SÃ£o 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, Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge - collectively known as Barrie - began releasing music together in the early months of 2018. Their first single, "Canyons," arrived in February, quickly resonating with fans of ambient, dreamy pop. It wasn't until June that the group shared their second single "Tal Uno," a shimmering tune that recalls 80s synth tones and features haunting vocal melodies. The third and final single in the series, "Michigan," also features a shift in production style, this time opting for the more traditional rock-band instrumentation of drums and guitar.
Collected together for a 12" release with Winspear, the 3 singles make up side A. For the B-Side of the record, the group wanted to involve the work of some friends from the Brooklyn house and techno community. FaltyDL & Shura, who Barrie met through The Lot Radio, handled a downtempo remix of "Canyons," while Brother Michael, a long-time friend and engineer, remixed "Michigan."
Singles 12" is out October 12, 2018 via Winspear.