Wednesday 15 August 2012

The Barrens - S/T (2012)

Request from New York.

The Barrens play a beguiling mix of psych-rock pop that washes
over you in waves of warm melodies but also have a much
harder edge that prevents this album from becoming just another
ode to this genre.

Fuzzed out guitar comes to the fore just when you thought
the Fleet Foxes were making a guest appearance and the
dark sound that permeates through the songs give the tracks
a welcome identity.

The double male/female vocals are skilfully interwoven and
allow you to get caught up in this gem of an album.

Bio: Formed in upstate New York and then transplanted to New York City, The Barrens are currently blazing their way through the underground scene with a raw and powerful sound. Ranging from heavy, grungy rock to colorful, soaring psychedelia, The Barrens draw on a vast lexicon of addictive hooks and melodies to stun audiences at their explosive live shows. They have been featured on the Deli Magazine, Indie Darkroom, and Glide Magazine. In addition to being in rotation on over 30 college stations all over the US, they were also selected to play the CMJ Festival in New York City and NXNE Music Festival in Toronto.

Their 2008 EP "Worming" was engineered and recorded by Jim Bentley at the Fort Brooklyn and was the subject of a successful college radio campaign. Advanced Alternative Media described the success as "rare and exceptional for a self-released EP." Their first full-length album is available for digital download and 12" vinyl on

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