Brooklyn based dreampop outfit Barrie, consisting of members Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge share their second track, “Tal Uno” on label Winspear. The band formation certainly has an unusual background: lead songwriter Barrie Lindsay used to work 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. Singer Sabine, from Brazil via Berlin (?), was recruited through a Tinder profile set up by the band to track down a bassist. Hilarious!
Their debut track “Canyons” received a warm welcome from newly acquired fans and press, but this second single, “Tal Uno”, is the one that caught my attention, since it’s a degree above that standard dreampop tune that we hear a lot these days, however pleasant they may be. The beauty of “Tal Uno” lies mostly in the fact that it’s understated, extremely laid-back, with clement, surging chord dives and refined added details like subtle vocal harmony changes along the way, reminding me of Broadcast and the Postmarks. A well-balanced composition that remains enjoyable throughout! The chorus poses us the question “Don’t you think that you can do better”? Well… I’m good for now….