Richard Barbieri

Under a Spell

£18.99
  • Richard Barbieri - Under a Spell
26th February 2021 / LP or CD / Kscope
     

Richard Barbieri

Under a Spell

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Beautifully haunting music that lingers in between the lands of ambient and synth-wave electronic.

Released: 26th February 2021
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The man whose illustrious career began in the late 70s with synth-pop visionaries Japan and more recently as a member of influential art-rock band Porcupine Tree follows up 2017's Planets + Persona with new album Under A Spell.

2017's Planets + Persona was adventurous and bold, showcasing Barbieri's endlessly inventive songwriting and mastery of electronic music. Under A Spell picks up where that left off, journeying further into the expansive terrain he had sonically mapped out. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, everything changed. "I wrote and recorded it in my studio at home, with all this strangeness going on outside," says Barbieri of Under A Spell. "It became something completely different: this weird, self-contained dream-state album."

Barbieri was intent on capturing the atmospheres and moods that his disconnected brain was conjuring rather than slaving over arrangements and melodies. Songs such as 'Flare', 'Serpentine', 'Sleep Will Find You' and its companion piece-of-sorts 'Darkness Will Find You' are sharply defined despite their dream-inspired genesis.

The album's title perfectly encapsulates the haunting, evocative world Barbieri has created. Songs such as the skittering, billowing 'Clockwork' and 'Sketch 6's dub-inspired soundscape hang suspended in that strange half-world between sleep and waking – a subconscious reflection of the surreal state the planet has found itself in over recent months.

Format /LP or CD
Released /26th February 2021
Catalogue / KSCOPE1109
Barcode / 0802644810911
Artist / Richard Barbieri
Label /Kscope
Genre / Ambient
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