› Remember, remember the fifth of November……..» Posted: Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 by Sophie
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
This is my favourite time of the year not only because it is my birthday that is celebrated with fireworks all over the country on November 5th but it is a time of seasonal change where the beautiful blue skies and the bright autumnal sun encapsulate the golden leaves blowing in the wind. The witchy season of all hallows eve and mexican day of the dead. The celebration of harvest, watching the wonders unfold of all the seeds that have been planted. A time of golden reflection and pure creativity and a feeling of what has been achieved over the past months and thoughts of the following year to come.
It has been an incredible year in so many ways. The last couple of months have for me been an emotional rollercoaster sweeping out the cobwebs, clearing the spaces to be filled anew with all the experiences that are yet to be born. With every clearance there can sometimes be times where things feel very wobbly and unstable and you just have to ride along like turbulence in a plane! At times it can make you fearful but you know that is only a matter of time before things change and settle and new horizons open up. I have never felt more alive than now. I am looking forward to the coming months so much that I am almost bursting with excitement. I manage to keep my feet on the ground by swimming a lot and this is my meditation and great for singing!
There are so many amazing things about to happen and I am ready and waiting… think I am going to start celebrating my birthday as of today with a great firework display tonight! Well I was already on my way… xx
› Taking Time Out» Posted: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 by Sophie
I can’t believe that we are already in October and today it’s a new moon in Libra. Time for harvesting all the seeds that have been sown over the past year and take stock of all that has passed by.
I love the autumn as the blue skies become white and windy and the lush leaves turn from green to gold. Soon the nights become dark and we begin to hibernate and cosy down into the winter months. This is also my most creative time. Somehow with lack of light my mind begins to busy rather than procrastinate in the warmth of the sun. It has been a very busy year and I have been on the move barely touching the ground and now it is time to settle and sit calmly contemplating the next step.
I have managed to release an acoustic album around springtime and an EP of wonderfully creative electronic remixes of my last album
‘Seagull’. I have travelled to Tulum, Mexico and USA with my band for further gigs and also played at a few festivals this summer and now I have 4 tracks mixed and mastered for my forthcoming album. So feel that I have been pretty productive this year and I am writing and recording for various other projects.
I also had a great gig at The Tabernacle back in April so now I go slightly underground as I continue the process of the next album.
While I conjur up new ideas for next year and make plans for the release of studio album no2. A whole new chapter to be revealed in the coming months. New music and new magic and I feel lucky that I am well on my way to the completion of this album. For me this is my 2nd album and hard to follow as ‘Seagull’ was all done in one time and this has evolved over time. Also with the band and new ideas for songs so it is a much more organic process and I can see a completion and am excited to start putting the band together with the new music for shows later on next year but as with all things everything takes time and sometimes we need a little time out and so from this month on I will be posting now and again as I keep focused on the next album. So as to break through with lots of new surprises in 2014. I hope that you have all had the most wonderful summer and enjoy the fruits of your harvest.
Thanks for listening and please keep following this extra-ordinary journey that I am on
› Review for Dusk to Dawn EP» Posted: Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Sophie
Sophie Barker’s new aptly named “Dusk to Dawn” is the type of EP which you slowly slip into, letting it wrap itself around you before you realize that you’ve descended into an aural netherworld filled with Sophie’s ethereal sounds. It’s an album for drifting, a soundtrack for staring out the window and watching the night ride by on the sky.
Sophie Barker, a veteran of Zero 7 who is also known for her collaborations with Sia, Groove Armada, The Egg and Grooverider, is a rare breed of musician – over the years, her sound has evolved, yet it hasn’t lost any of the original charisma that drew us into her earlier work. As evidenced by the songs on her newest EP, the music ebbs and flows with a characteristic dreaminess, floating off into the night sky between dusk and dawn. Each track on “Dusk to Dawn’ is a remix of a track from Sophie Barker’s May 2011 album ‘Seagull.’ With the remixes, the acoustic songs on ‘Seagull’ have been electrified and revivified with a fleck of mesmerizing neomodernism appropriate for the already excellent musical craftsmanship that Sophie Barker has displayed.
On the opening track “I Sit and Hide,” “Dusk to Dawn” eases in on the starkness of Sophie’s luscious vocals paired with a throbbing backdrop, before sinking into songs that slink along with a silky, songful caress. Some songs are punctuated with occasional wordlessness, as the vocals are muted down to a level of instrumentation, while other tracks leap along with catchy, stick in your head lyrics. On “Insight,” Sophie coos, “What if we met in another place and time?” again and again, creating a musical backdrop to a self animated love scene.
The remixes, which were all done by friends of Barker, alternately warp the tracks into moody homages to the original tracks and highlight her masterful singing technique and lyricism. “I Sit and Hide” is the fruit of a remix competition in which musicians were asked to use the iPhone app RjDj to reimagine her music, and Fibratus’s remix ultimately won the competition. Other remixes were born out of longstanding music industry friendships, relationships with fans and acquaintances from parties. Each remix serves to dramatize and electrify the original ingenuity of “Seagull” by adding a fresh perspective to the already innovative work.
Currently, Sophie Barker is in the studio, working an album that is slated to release in 2014. “Dusk to Dawn” acts as an amuse bouche while waiting for the feast of her new album. ‘Dusk to Dawn’ is an EP to be relished by fans of Barker and is indicative of the excellent songmanship and creativity we will certainly hear in her upcoming work.
› DUSK TO DAWN EP RELEASE» Posted: Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Sophie
The moment you’ve been waiting for, the full EP of “Dusk to Dawn” is now available for purchase. Hope you all love it as much as I loved creating it. x