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BARBAROSSA, the nom de plume of Londoner James Mathe, follows up his 2013 album 'Bloodlines' with 'Imager'. The British musician's third full length is a cerebral, slow-burning album, tinged with melancholy and an alluring humanism. Mathe’s musical journey started with folk-tinged balladry that saw him become part of the Fence Collective, and subsequently a band member for the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Johnny Flynn and Junip. With 'Bloodlines', however, BARBAROSSA started to infuse his song writing with electronic flourishes, and now with 'Imager', he has completed his transformation into a fully-fledged electronic soul pioneer. Working with co-producer Ash Workman, BARBAROSSA builds on the foundations provided by his organic approach to song writing, to build elegiac electronic anthems that are filled with a simple, poignant immediacy. The album is pervaded with a sense of disquiet, perhaps driven subconsciously by the fact that the spaces where creativity and culture flourish in London are rapidly disappearing; that the artistic communities that Mathe grew up with are being driven out of London due to financial pressures, and as a result, something vital is being lost. Yet while the album deals in displacement and heartbreak, a sense that everything is in flux, there are redemptive moments to stir the soul. 'Imager' is the sound of BARBAROSSA stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight as a talent to be reckoned with in his own right, questioning his surroundings, his own creativity and coming up with answers that are compelling, affecting and thoughtful.

  • Format:CD CATALOGUE#:MI0355CD
  • $ 21.99

Additional Product Details

  • BrandMEMPHIS
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Audio Type 1.0
  • Release Date Jun 12, 2015

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