Imager out May 12 on Memphis Industries
Stream: Barbarossa – “Home” (feat. José González) – SoundCloud
“Melds blue-eyed soul and electronica to addictive effect…exquisite” – The Times
“Mathé employs his soft soul falsetto over juddering beats, double-time drum claps and a synth riff…a revelation” – The Guardian
Barbarossa, the nom de plume of Londoner James Mathé, returns with Imager
, anticipated May 12 on Memphis Industries.Today, he’s shared a new track in the shape of “Home
” which features none other than José González on vocal duties.
“James has been part of my live band for many tours now since we met more than ten years ago when he opened up for me in my first show in London,” explains González. “His vocals and style fit perfect with my vision of both Junip and the solo band sound.””I was very excited to hear his third album and feel like the songs and sounds are better than ever! Felt honored to be part of it in the song ‘Home’ where I sing in the chorus. I recorded it in my apartment and remember especially liking the timing of the words with its ‘slightly behind the rhythm’ feel.”
Mathé’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 González, Johnny Flynn and Junip. With previous album Bloodlines, however, Mathé 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, Mathé 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.
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. Having previously toured with the likes of POLIÇA, Low, and Junip, Barbarossa has announced two new dates, with more to come.
Street Date: May 12, 2015
iTunes / Physical
06/10 – London – The Lexington
06/11 – Paris – Pop Up Du Label