Barrie announces sophomore album Barbara with fluttering track “Quarry”

“Quarry” is taken from Barrie‘s sophomore album, Barbara, out March 25 via Winspear.

Following on from the acclaimed debut LP, 2019’s Happy To Be Here, New York based indie pop artist Barrie Lindsay AKA Barrie has announced the upcoming release of her sophomore effort Barbara. Her latest single is the jarring yet gorgeously hopeful track “Quarry”, to which she has also released a stunning accompanying music video.

Barrie has already explained that Barbara will be a deeply personal record, as it was written in a transformative period of her life; during the aftermath of her father’s death yet also whilst she was falling in love with her now wife, Gabby.

She elaborated: “The album is diaristic, but not in obvious or intimate ways. Music is my job, and it’s also intensely personal. I want the music to connect with people, but have reservations about the toll it takes on the artist to have to live up to whatever the music ends up representing for the listener. To connect with people about grief is beautiful, but I don’t want to relive the trauma of it at every show and interview. I also don’t want to become desensitized to my sadness. There’s both rawness and a measure of control in the album; I want to make sure the project and the person are tied, but only by certain limbs.”

Before adding:

“Since I wrote, played, and produced the album by myself in isolation, with the help of my wife, it felt like it should be self-titled, but maintain that same sense of separation I achieved with the music. Barbara is my legal name, my formal name. No one calls me Barbara except the bank and the government, and odd occasions when my dad inexplicably introduced me that way to friends. Since my name and moniker are Barrie, calling the album Barbara felt like the fitting way to keep that balance between intimate and public.”

As a single, “Quarry” hones in on two important themes highlighted above – falling in love yet also isolation – and conveys these two dichotomous feelings exquisitely. Opening rather menacingly with throbbing synths, it gives way to the infectious chorus with a pulsating bass line that Barrie’s voice bounds over delicately. Placing violent, visceral lyrics such as “Dripping blood from your foot at the quarry” in the same verse as the innocent “Baby, I love you” also creates a striking contrast between Barrie’s fear of separation and isolation and her pure and overwhelming feelings of love.

The video accompaniment to “Quarry” – directed by Emmy-Award winning Robert Kolodny – follows Barrie around in her daily life as she periodically chops sections of her hair off. Performing ordinary errands and socialising, she enters a party where she meets a woman whose hair looks as equally hacked at as hers. It’s then that the pair join together, shaving each other’s hair, recognising that they have met someone who truly understands them.

A touching if not bizarre metaphor for falling in love, “Quarry” conveys a universal experience in such a way that feels uniquely Barrie’s whilst still managing to strike a chord in this listener’s brittle heart.