Barbarossa has shared the official video for his lead single ‘Don’t Enter Fear’. The track is taken from his upcoming studio album ‘Lier’ – due for release on Memphis Industries on March 30th.
“Lier” was written and recorded with Mathé’s producer friend Ghost Culture in Margate with percussion and drumming skills supplied by Joel Wästberg a.k.a. Sir Was and artwork by fellow Margate dweller Tom Vek. The album is focused on the theme of geographic and personal change – “Cyclone” – the album opener for example – focuses on the move from city to sea and the calm and space that can bring whilst album title track “Lier” was inspired by swimming in the Walpole Bay tidal pool. But inspiration comes from everywhere, “Aluminium Skies” for example was written in Gothenburg, Sweden whilst James was on the road with José Gonzalez (he plays in the José Gonzalez live band).
What unites the songs on “Lier” are central themes of loss, love and confronting who you are as time moves on and things change within and out of your control. By the end of the record you are left with the feeling that when things are simplified, they are at their most beautiful.
The full album will be released on Memphis Industries on March 30th. You can pre-order the album on CD, Download and limited-edition turquoise vinyl here.
In March, Barbarossa will head out on tour and take his new record on the road. He will play a run of shows across Europe, including a string of UK dates including a headline show in London on the 19th April.
Barbarossa tour dates:
16/03 Paradis Artificiels Festival – Lille, France
01/04 Tom Thumb – Margate, UK
05/04 Het Depot Foyer – Leuven, Belgium
07/04 Sonic – Lyon, France
10/04 Chapelle Chavagne – Saints, France
11/04 iBoat – Bordeaux, France
14/04 Le Pop Up de Label – Paris, France
15/04 Jokers Pub – Brighton, UK
17/04 The Hope – Brighton, UK
18/04 Hy Brasil – Bristol, UK
19/04 The Islington – London, UK
06/05 Sounds of the Other City – Manchester, UK