NYC five-piece Barrie have shared their new single and visually stunning accompanying video ‘Darjeeling’. The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album, Happy To Be Here, which is to be released on May 3 via Winspear. Ahead of the album's release, the band kick off their European tour with a string of UK live dates at the end of April.
At the core of Barrie is an amalgamation of various cultures; an integral characteristic tying all tracks on their debut album together. The video for the second single to be shared from the album, ‘Darjeeling’, was directed and produced by Zach Stone and Madeline Leshner and acts as a cinematic representation for how the group came together.
About the video, frontwoman Barrie Lindsay says: "The opening line of the song – “The city towed my car the first night I got in” – is true; my car got towed when I first moved to New York. The first night I hung out with Spurge and Noah, we went to this warehouse party in Bushwick on the train tracks, which was totally new to me. My car was in Manhattan, and when I went back to find it at 3am it was gone. So I walked along the West Side highway to the impound lot. At 4am it was this eerie wasteland of abandoned cars. It was in the honeymoon phase of moving to New York and I remember feeling very happy and surreal in the tow lot. I’ve had a lot of experiences like that in the city, and I think I had that feeling in mind with this song — it’s kind of a collection of those vignettes."
Barrie is a Brooklyn five-piece made of Barrie Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Sabine Holler and Noah Prebish. On their debut LP, their multidimensional take on classic pop sounds awake and present, like a group that’s daydreaming but firmly there with one another. ‘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, São 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 live dates:
Apr 24 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol
Apr 26 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Apr 28 – Manchester, UK @ YES