Barrie, Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge – collectively known as Barrie– clock in with their debut track “Canyons,” on Winspear. While the group now calls Brooklyn home, each member arrived via their own avenue, coming from Baltimore, Boston, São Paulo, London, and Upstate New York.
Previously, lead songwriter Barrie Lindsay worked as a studio assistant for a sculptor, while Spurge and Noah work at The Lot Radio – a community-run, online radio station – where the three met through a mutual friend and connected with their drummer Dom. And then there’s Sabine, from Brazil via Berlin, who was recruited through a Tinder profile set up by the band to track down a bassist.
The group’s opening statement, “Canyons,” wobbles through shades of verses, echoes of choruses, and across the velvet upholstery of theater seats. Songwriter Barrie describes how “every revision until the end was like a swipe of sandpaper, stripping it down and roughing up the sweetness.” Stay tuned for more from Barrie in 2018.
Raised in British Columbia on Cortes Island, Francesca Belcourt is a songwriter and producer that’s been avidly recording music since the age of nine. Having released 3 albums thus far her unique electronic productions provide a relaxed and playful musical foundation, while deeply intimate lyrics map the victories, heartbreaks, and growing pains that come with discovering oneself as a young artist. Her honest approach to songwriting is invigorating and has earned praise from publications like The Vancouver Observer, who once described her as “The freshest talent on the west coast.” Belcourt has shared the stage with artists like Jenny Hval and TOPS, toured throughout North America as one half of the dream pop duo Mu, and collaborated with producers Project Pablo and Cecile Believe. She is currently based in her birthplace London, England.