Charlie Barnes "Oceanography" Launch
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Singer-songwriter and Bastille live member Charlie Barnes has shared the first music to be heard from his upcoming sophomore album ‘Oceanography’ in the form of massive new single ‘All I Have’.
The follow up to 2015’s post-pop monster ‘More Stately Mansions’, ‘Oceanography’ finds Barnes in a different place in his life. The past two years have seen huge change for the musician, he has spent the majority of his time on the road as a touring member of Bastille, performing on some of the biggest stages in the world and travelling all over the globe as well as getting married and relocating from Leeds to the Midlands.
New single ‘All I Have’ was something of a late bloomer in the album recording process... “This was one of the last songs to come together for the album.” Explains Barnes “ Given that I'd just written a whole load of embarrassingly woe-is-me numbers, I was keen to try and put something together that was a bit more uplifting. It's sort of an anthem for sticking to your guns. With a harpsichord...” In contrast to his previous LP – largely recorded in one place with producer and Oceansize guitarist Steve Durose – Oceanography is a story of snatched moments after tour rehearsals, late nights spent in far flung studios from Wales to Virginia, ideas sent back and forth over email and put down in fits and starts while on the road. At points it seemed like it would never come together, so it’s some achievement that it not only matches the attention-grabbing maximalist prog pop of More Stately Mansions, but builds and expands on that record’s foundations.
Barnes has also shared a video to go alongside the single explaining “The idea for this video came about during a severely self-deprecating conversation I was having at a festival somewhere with Bastille's lighting guy Jamie. I was (half) jokingly explaining that promoting a record can be sort of like screaming at a brick wall for a bit. We thought that would make a good idea for a music video, so I spent a lovely afternoon in Eastbourne looking for really good walls with my longtime collaborator and all round life guru Ryan.” ‘Oceanography’ will be released on Superball Music on the 9th of March 2018 and can be pre-ordered now from here.
"Barnes utilises dynamic shifts and sinewy layers to sculpt a rock-solid, emotional track that zaps you in the chest" – The Line Of Best Fit "Graceful, soothing songwriting" - Clash
'A voice that could give Jeff Buckley a run for his money' – PROG Magazine
'...a rock solid emotional track that zaps you in the chest' – The Line of Best Fit
'...it goes straight for the heart and takes hold of all of you' – Gigwise
'Graceful, soothing songwriting' – Clash
Charlie Barnes is a Midlands born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Having spent much of his late teens and early twenties trekking around the UK and Europe peddling his emotionally intense music to various half empty cafes and bars, he signed to Sony imprint Superball Music in 2014 to release his debut album proper 'More Stately Mansions' the following year. The album was produced by Charlie's friend and hero Steve Durose, guitarist with the bands Oceansize and Amplifier, both of which number highly amongst his biggest influences. Across its ten songs, the album shows off Charlie's range as a writer, taking in huge, post-rock-esque walls of sound, delicate piano-led balladeering and rich, ornate orchestration. Although taking in a wide variety of stylistic influence, it is Charlie's distinctive and powerful voice, with echoes of Jeff Buckley, Matt Bellamy and Freddie Mercury, that ties the whole thing together.
Shortly after the album was released, Charlie's career took an unusual turn when he was hired by award-winning British pop act BASTILLE as a touring musician. The last couple of years have seen Charlie swap the half empty cafes for the big stages at festivals like Glastonbury and Lowlands, sold out arenas around the world, and TV shows including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
Not that the hectic working schedule has got in his way; the follow up to Charlie's debut album is currently in the works, and between various hotels, airport lounges and dressing rooms, he recently released a reworking of post-rock duo ALMA's song 'To The Stars' with legendary indie label Fierce Panda. The song's video, due for release in early 2017, was edited by Charlie's longtime visual collaborator Ryan Pearce, who took slow motion footage of Charlie's distinctive (read: TERRIBLE) dancing in various iconic locations around the USA, and treated them with bizarre effects to create a lo-fi, surreal viewing experience.
Whether stood in the middle of a room with no amplification, belting out his rousing first single 'Sing to God', or tucked behind his array of electronic gadgets, layering up his heartbreaking falsetto on live favourite 'Easy, Kid', Charlie's beautiful live performances are, especially given their current relative rarity, not to be missed.