talks to... - May 2, 2019

Hotly-tipped indie collective Barrie open up about making debut album Happy To Be Here
by Tom
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Hotly-tipped indie collective Barrie open up about making debut album Happy To Be Here

There's a lot to like about new indie pop collective Barrie. 

Lead by frontwoman Barrie Lindsay, the fivesome hail from all over the world, with members from London, Brazil as well as a criss-cross of the US. 

They've been delighting us over the last few months with a series of excellent singles and now it's finally timed for their debut LP. 

Co-produced by Lindsay and Snail Mail/Solange knob twiddler Jake Aron, their debut album Happy To Be Here is a joyful collision, a carnival of sound and an awful lot of fun. 

As the album arrives in store, we spoke to Lindsay about how it all came together...


Your debut album is finally here, you must be very happy to have it out for people to pick up?

"Yes! We've been sitting on it for a long time."


How many songs did you have to choose from for the album? Was it difficult to decide which ones made the cut?

"There was a playlist of maybe 60 songs to start with? It actually wasn't that hard narrowing it down, you just harden your heart. You accept that the ones you're not using can always go somewhere else."


You made the album with Jake Aron, what did he bring to the process?

"Jake is a great producer and mixer, he's really good about indulging in ideas and being practical at the same time. A really talented and nice guy."


What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?

"There's no deliberate theme, all just subconscious patterns that were floating in my head for one reason or another over the past several years."


Which song on the album took the longest to get right?

"It took a while to get 'Chinatown' right, we couldn't get the chorus to lift in the way we wanted."


And which came together most quickly?

"'Saturated' didn't change much from the very first demo. It's both anticlimactic and satisfying when that happens."


When did you settle on Happy To Be Here for the title? Were any other titles in contention?

"Spurge (Carter, bassist) came up with the idea. It's a sentiment we all found ourselves saying a lot over the past couple of years. It seemed really obvious once he said it. I don't remember any of the other ideas. Guess they couldn't have been that good..."


What are your plans to take the album out live? Are you booked for the rest of 2019?

"We have an album release show at Rough Trade in New York on August 14th. We’re on tour in Europe right now and planning on coming back later this year. We toured a lot this past spring and winter, so we're taking a rest over the summer and we'll get back out in the fall."


Barrie's debut album Happy To Be Here is out now in hmv stores.