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Barrie Shares New Single “Empty” – New EP out March 31st via Winspear

March 10, 2023
Photo credit: Caroline Tompkins

BARRIE

Shares new single “Empty”
EP ‘5K’ out March 31, 2023 via Winspear

Ahead of performances at this year’s SXSW, now Barrie has shared a second single from her forthcoming EP, ‘5K’, which will be released on March 31st via Winspear.

Brooklyn-based musician and producer Barrie Lindsay, known simply as Barrie, has a passion for creating left-of-center pop music that reflects what The New York Times describes as “a kaleidoscopically vivid inner world.” She spends her days writing songs and tinkering in Logic, stockpiling her creations in a vast archive of folders and hard drives. When it came time to select the songs for her second LP, Barbara’, she narrowed it down to sixteen tracks. As the record came together, it became clear that there would be two separate projects. 

The first was ‘Barbara’, an emotionally charged collection of songs dealing with the loss of a parent, the love of a new partner, and finding one’s own identity that would go on to be deemed “one of the most complete pop full-lengths of 2022” (Billboard) and “an album that truly sounds like no other” (Consequence). Garnering wide praise, ‘Barbara’ saw Barrie’s artistic ambitions become emboldenedBarrie even reinvented her live show, adding group choreography that thrust her front and center during a run of headlining shows. It was her first time dancing in any organized fashion and put her in a vulnerable position, but it was a hit — she was invited to bring it on the road as an opener for both Alex G and Japanese Breakfast.

The remaining five tracks from the ‘Barbara’ sessions – more light-hearted and off-the-cuff – were compiled into a new project, ‘5K’. Now she shares the second track from the EP, where weightless verses float around densely layered harmonies for a gentle yet punchy and addictive track.

Speaking on “Empty”, Barrie comments: “Empty is me reflecting on and getting angry about how so many of my thoughts aren’t my own; it’s a hazy mix of taste and ideas printed on my brain by my culture, my upbringing, people around me while in any impressionable age. I’ve been trying to take back ownership of my thoughts, and access what I actually think and feel. I have to take responsibility for the things inside my head. The song started with the line “there is no act to private / that I don’t want you to like it,” which encapsulates the sentiment. It didn’t end up fitting in the song, but that kind of constant confusion of your own thoughts with other people’s thoughts is at the heart of it.”

There’s a real elevated feeling from the heightened loops, the upscale notes playing this off-kilter sweeter sense, contradicting the very personal raw lyrics. Lacing this vulnerable vision with a wealth of cherished tones, a mighty focus on the percussive shifts, and the sonically soaring bed of textures, all whilst Barrie’s standout, expressive vocal harmonies simply soar. It’s so easy to become besotted in this ethereal landscape that Barrie builds, truly intoxicating, the melodies sweep you away whilst the lyrics create this mighty foundation to connect to.

An avid runner, Barrie named the EP 5K after the common foot race. Explains Barrie: “The music felt like a good arc for running. I want this music to be good company; steady and light enough. It’s literal and it’s metaphorical; this EP is meant to be your running partner for whatever form of 5K you’re doing.”
 
Even though most people would finish listening to the project front to back before finishing a 5 kilometer run, the EP rewards repeated listens, revealing lovingly crafted details buried in each song. 5K showcases an artist in an exploratory mood, sketching out new sonic territory that remains true to the enveloping sound world that has become Barrie’s signature. While 5K links the supple dream pop of Barrie’s debut LP ‘Happy To Be Here’ to the more emotionally-grounded and experimental sounds of ‘Barbara’, it also points towards various avenues of possibility. It’s simply up to Barrie which road she runs down next.
 
Live dates:
03/14/23 – Austin, TX @ Paste x Women That Rock – Cheer Up Charlies (4:15pm)
03/14/23 – Austin, TX @ House Johnson – 907 E 39th St (9:00pm)
03/15/23 – Austin, TX @ Paste – High Noon (1:20pm)
03/15/23 – Austin, TX @ Sentric x Rough Trade Publishing – Mohawk (12:10am)
03/16/23 – Austin, TX @ FLOODfest – Mohawk (1:30pm)
03/16/23 – Austin, TX @ Qobuz – KMFA Event Space (3:30pm)
03/16/23 – Austin, TX @ Gorilla vs. Bear x Luminelle – Las Perlas (9:00pm)
03/17/23 – Austin, TX @ KUTX Morning Broadcast – Scholz Garten (7:00am)
03/17/23 – Austin, TX @ Winspear x POND x Luminelle – Cheer Up Charlies (4:30pm)
03/18/23 – Austin, TX @ Consequence x Brooklyn Bowl – Empire (3:00pm)

‘5K’ track list:
1. Nocturne Interlude
2. Races
3. Unholy Appetite
4. Ghost World
5. Empty

https://lnk.to/barrie-5k

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