Daily Dose: Barrie, “Clovers”

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Daily Dose: Barrie, “Clovers”

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After cutting loose a handful of standalone singles and turning heads in 2018, Barrie have announced their much-anticipated debut album. The Brooklyn dream-pop quintet will release Happy To Be Here via Winspear on May 3, and our first preview of the LP comes in the form of sublime lead single “Clovers.”

Barrie, though primarily the project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Barrie Lindsay, is an outfit both tight-knit and wide-ranging, with its five members—Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Noah Prebish and Sabine Holler—originally hailing from Boston, Baltimore, upstate New York, London and São Paulo via Berlin before coming together in Brooklyn under the Barrie moniker, united by their love of “a well-crafted pop song that’s a little bit fucked up.” We included the band on our list of 15 New York City bands to know in April 2018, praising their debut single’s “funky bass lines and bongos, reverberating synths, groovy electronic drums, and glossy, blissful pop vocals.”

There’s plenty more where that came from on “Clovers,” a waking dream built on a bright, simplistic piano figure, with sparing, spacey guitars and synths, and a gentle, lockstep low end providing a framework for Lindsay’s ethereal (sorry, but they are) vocals. “I know where to go,” she insists in the song’s opening moments, her lyrics growing more impressionistic when the chorus comes: “Clovers in my eyes / the way the light follows all of us on the way home.” Rippling synths come to the forefront in the bridge before that irresistible hook kicks back in—it feels like coming to rest in a field of its titular flowers, eyes to the sky (or the insides of their lids), cares evaporating.

Happy To Be Here is described in a press release as “very much a full-band record,” as if to preempt any perception of Barrie as a one-woman show. Apa (drums), Carter (vocals) and Prebish (synths) produced the LP alongside co-producers Lindsay and Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear), while Holler contributed vocals remotely, and Aron engineered and mixed the album at his Brooklyn studio last August. Prebish describes the band as “a bunch of freaks working together to make super accessible, satisfying music,” while Lindsay herself explains, “We’re very different, but we cover each other’s gaps personally and creatively, and are eager to learn from each other.”

Listen to “Clovers” below and find the details of Happy To Be Here further down, along with Barrie’s tour dates.

Happy To Be Here Tracklist:
01. Darjeeling
02. Dark Tropical
03. Clovers
04. Habits
05. Saturated
06. Chinatown
07. Teenager
08. Geology
09. Casino Run
10. Hutch

Happy To Be Here Album Art:


Barrie Tour Dates:

10 – Davenport, Iowa @ Raccoon Motel
13 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Bunkhouse Saloon
14 – Tustin, Calif. @ Marty’s On Newport *
15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Lodge Room *
16 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Stop *
18 – Portland, Ore. @ Mississippi Studios *
19 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza *
22 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Turf Club *
23 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schubas *
24 – Detroit, Mich. @ El Club *
25 – Oberlin, Ohio @ Oberlin College *
26 – Toronto, Ont. @ Drake Hotel *
27 – Montreal, Que. @ Bar Le Ritz *
28 – Burlington, Vt. @ Club Metronome

01/19 – Boston, Mass. @ Great Scott *
02 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Elsewhere *
03 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle *
05 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd *
06 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Kings *
07 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The High Watt *
08 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Aisle 5 *
09 – New Orleans, La. @ Gasa Gasa *
10 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
11 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
12 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
13 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
14 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
15 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
16 – Dallas, Texas @ Not So Fun Weekend #

24 – Bristol, U.K. @ Rough Trade Bristol
26 – London, U.K. @ Moth Club
28 – Manchester, U.K. @ YES
29 – Paris, France @ Le Pop-Up du Label

02 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Oceanen
03 – Oslo, Norway @ Jaeger
04 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Sodra Bar
06 – Hamburg, Germany @ Mojo Jazz Cafe
07 – Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
10 – Bloomington, Ind. @ Granfalloon Festival ^

(* w/ Miya Folick)
(# w/ Bad Bad Hats, The Beths)
(^ w/ Neko Case, Sudan Archives)

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