Barrie Happy to Be Here

Happy to Be Here

Barrie

Released on May 3, 2019 by Winspear

Main artist: Barrie

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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Staying loyal to the concept introduced on their debut EP, 2018's Singles, Brooklyn dreamers Barrie return a year later with their first full-length, Happy to Be Here. It was co-produced by bandleader Barrie Lindsay alongside engineer and mixer Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Beth Orton), who also contributed to the debut. All five members of Barrie, however, contribute to the group's lush, gently off-kilter dream pop. Wrapping their warm, shimmery harmonic pop in reverb, easygoing tempos, and Lindsay's airy murmurs, it's a distinctly spongy sound that permeates the album's just-over half-hour run time. The sound is so consistent that rhythmic touches more than changes in synth and guitar textures stave off homogeneity. While that's a trait of the whole album, these contrasts are most conspicuous on tracks like "Habits," with its intricate, jazz-and-pop hybrid drum patterns, and the cantering "Geology," which draws additional rhythmic complexity from broken guitar chords and staggered guitar and keyboard entry points. Elsewhere, the bubbly "Chinatown" relies on syncopation in both its keyboard and vocal hooks. Speaking of hooks, the analog synth-punctuated "Clovers" is probably the nearest thing to vibrant pop on the album, but while it, too, is allowed to surface for fresh air periodically -- in this case for brief, staccato piano breaks -- for the most part, it stays submerged in the album's opaque design. More mood music than earworm despite the occasional bright melody and head-bobbing groove, Happy to Be Here is nonetheless a feel-good outing, one ideal for low-key summer settings. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:33:36

  1. 1 Darjeeling

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  2. 2 Dark Tropical

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  3. 3 Clovers

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  4. 4 Habits

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  5. 5 Saturated

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  6. 6 Chinatown

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  7. 7 Teenager

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  8. 8 Geology

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  9. 9 Casino Run

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  10. 10 Hutch

    Jake Aron, Producer, Mixer - Barrie, Artist, MainArtist - Barrie Lindsay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Winspear 2019 Winspear

  • Album description
  • Staying loyal to the concept introduced on their debut EP, 2018's Singles, Brooklyn dreamers Barrie return a year later with their first full-length, Happy to Be Here. It was co-produced by bandleader Barrie Lindsay alongside engineer and mixer Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Beth Orton), who also contributed to the debut. All five members of Barrie, however, contribute to the group's lush, gently off-kilter dream pop. Wrapping their warm, shimmery harmonic pop in reverb, easygoing tempos, and Lindsay's airy murmurs, it's a distinctly spongy sound that permeates the album's just-over half-hour run time. The sound is so consistent that rhythmic touches more than changes in synth and guitar textures stave off homogeneity. While that's a trait of the whole album, these contrasts are most conspicuous on tracks like "Habits," with its intricate, jazz-and-pop hybrid drum patterns, and the cantering "Geology," which draws additional rhythmic complexity from broken guitar chords and staggered guitar and keyboard entry points. Elsewhere, the bubbly "Chinatown" relies on syncopation in both its keyboard and vocal hooks. Speaking of hooks, the analog synth-punctuated "Clovers" is probably the nearest thing to vibrant pop on the album, but while it, too, is allowed to surface for fresh air periodically -- in this case for brief, staccato piano breaks -- for the most part, it stays submerged in the album's opaque design. More mood music than earworm despite the occasional bright melody and head-bobbing groove, Happy to Be Here is nonetheless a feel-good outing, one ideal for low-key summer settings. ~ Marcy Donelson

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