Shares New Single “Awakeners Awaken Us”
New Album: Love Here Listen – March 5, 2021
Out via Memphis Industries
UK singer and producer, Barbarossa – real name, James Mathé – is today sharing his ethereal new single, “Awakeners Awaken Us” which you can listen to below.
The effervescent, shimmering track arrives as the latest to be taken from his forthcoming sixth studio album, Love Here Listen, which is set for release via Memphis Industries on March 5, 2021. For this latest batch of songs, Mathé has collaborated with producer du jour, Ghost Culture (Daniel Avery, Kelly Lee Owens, Falle Nioke) at his studio in Margate, Kent in the South East of England.
Instantly Barbarossa welcomes the audience into this complex cosmic atmosphere, exuding the creative and experimental energy this visionary artist conveys. Luscious and somewhat delicate vocals pour over the exploration and provide this emotive detail to the rolling rhythms. These shimmering notes bounce off the song structure which elevates the mood. As this composition meanders into this intensive fog filled with compelling keys and various tweaks, the track ultimately hypnotizes.
“Awakeners, Awaken Us” comes off the back of previous tracks that have scored support at the likes of FLOOD, Under The Radar Magazine, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, and more. Sonically, it arrives as a glistening bed of synthesiser with Mathé drawing inspiration from previous relationships and the lessons which sadness can teach us, particularly when we let go.
“The song is basically about a relationship that I went through when I was just starting out as an adult,” explains Mathé. “At the time it was all-consuming and I couldn’t see how I could recover when it ended. With perspective on it now though I can see how it helped me to know when I found the right person and how the experience taught me so much about when things don’t go to plan and that it just means to let go of outcome and trust that things will work out as they are meant to.”
Barbarossa and Ghost Culture worked with a limited range of vintage synths – a Mono Poly, Korg MS-20 a Roland SH-101 and a Juno 108 borrowed from the local skate store Palm Bay Skates – with the recordings bounced down to Mathé’s Fostex R8 reel to reel to give it that undeniable warmth. Mathé says of the recording process: “It was probably the most stress-free record to date and so much fun just messing around with synth arps. It’s easy with James as we really understand each other and I trust him totally. He lives five minutes’ walk along the seafront from me. We even jumped in the sea a couple of times after lunch”.
Love Here Listen is Mathé’s sixth album since his debut, Sea Like Blood, released on the Fence Collective back in 2006, since which time he’s joined Jose Gonzales live show, become a member of Junip, toured with POLICA and This is the Kit and morphed from acoustic troubadour to electronic song smithery all the while seemingly searching for an elusive balance between hopefulness and melancholy. On Love Here Listen, thanks to a reconnecting with the visceral forces of nature, it feels like he has found it.
Love Here Listen
March 5, 2021
out via Memphis Industries
1. Always Free
6. Long Wave
7. Make It Through
8. Awakeners Awaken Us
10. Love Here