Charlie Barnes announces ‘More Stately Mansions’ single and UK tour dates

September 11, 2015


Charlie Barnes announces ‘More Stately Mansions’ single and UK tour dates

Talented singer & multi-instrumentalist Charlie Barnes released his debut album ‘More Stately Mansions’ earlier this year, with The Independent UK calling it “soulful lonesome melancholic singing with grandiose alternative rock bombast”. Charlie was also recently announced as a touring member of English indie-pop band Bastille, and was seen on festival stages throughout Summer including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Rock Am Ring & many more.

Now he is pleased to announce a brand new single as well as solo UK tour dates for this October. The single is the title track from the album ‘More Stately Mansions’, albeit a reimagined version. Charlie had this to say about it:

“Everybody involved in the album was in fairly unanimous agreement that the main vocal hook on this song is one of the record’s major highlights, so we decided it made sense to at least attempt to rip it apart and put it back together again as something more linear. I almost see this version as more of a remix than an edit. Because some of the sections were a little bit difficult to fit together in a different order, I had to come up with a few new parts and sound effects to help smooth things over. Nothing’s been lost from the original as such, it’s just been reimagined.”

The ‘More Stately Mansions’ single will be released digitally on the 23rd October 2015, and will also feature a B-side titled ‘Easy (Listening) Kid’, another reworked version of an album track. You can check out the album version of ‘More Stately Mansions’ here:

As previously mentioned, Charlie will also play some solo dates in support of the new single,  and you can find a list of those below:

7th Oct – Firebug, Leicester w/Waking Aida

11th Oct – Old Blue Last, London

14th Oct – Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Liverpool

18th Oct – A Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester

19th Oct – Flying Duck, Glasgow

23rd Oct – Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

You can now pick up your copy of ‘More Stately Mansions’ from the following places:

“music that moves you in ways you didn’t even know possible” – Gigwise

“graceful, soothing songwriting” – Clash

“a trickling rivulet that gathers emotional momentum, eventually leaving you gasping for breath without you even knowing why.” – The Line of Best Fit

Watch the video for ‘Sing To God’ here:

Disorientating and captivating in equal measure during early appearances in Student Union bars and basement venues either side of the Pennines, as well as at European festivals Melt and Reeperbahn, the Leeds-based artist’s early performances took on the guise of a man vs. machine solo rock opera. Songs were constructed on stage as he writhed about on his stool like Silver Apples on uppers – the transmissions from his web of loop pedals, keyboards, pads and samplers seemingly coursing through his body’s contortions. More Stately Mansions hasn’t changed the process much, it’s just that – as he puts it – “the extra pairs of hands aren’t channels on a loopstation or sample libraries anymore, they’re owned by other people with their own ideas.”

Mostly recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, with vocals put down in an isolated cottage in the middle of Wales, More Stately Mansions deals with unashamedly bold brush strokes. Songs like ‘Sing To God’s’ gossamer strings strike delicately amidst rumbling percussion and several moments of histrionic guitar malevolence that recall those aforementioned teenage influences; the title track’s layered vocals hark back to Queen in their mid-70’s pomp, while ‘Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth’ rises and falls on a series of scything post-hardcore riff acrobatics. All of this is cut through with a climactic vocal that bores out vestiges of Jeff Buckley, or even Freddie Mercury, delivered with an overwhelming sincerity that goads its audience out of apathy and into a reaction, an expressive way of performing that Barnes has embraced since childhood.



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