Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Charlie Barnes : 'More Stately Mansions' out now!
Charlie Barnes :  'More Stately Mansions' out now!
Talented singer & multi-instrumentalist Charlie Barnes debut album 'More Stately Mansions' is out now across Europe, with The Independent (UK) calling it "soulful lonesome melancholic singing with grandiose alternative rock bombast". As previously mentioned, Charlie teamed up with Leeds-based coffee roaster North Star to create his own signature blend which will be available to pick up at his upcoming shows. You can check out a video revealing more information about Charlie, his album and this limited edition coffee here:

You can now pick up your copy of 'More Stately Mansions' from the following places:

Find some of the media reactions to Charlie's new album below:

"music that moves you in ways you didn't even know possible" - Gigwise
"graceful, soothing songwriting" - Clash
"a trickling rivulet that gathers emotional momentum, eventually leaving you gasping for breath without you even knowing why." - The Line of Best Fit

Charlie has confirmed the following live dates which you can find below:
23rd May - Way Back When Festival, Dortmund, Germany
24th May - Maifeld Derby, Mannheim, Germany
June 20th - Turnitout All-dayer, Manchester
July 25th - West Street Live, Sheffield
August 22nd - Obstwiesenfestival, Ulm

Watch the recently released video for 'Sing To God' here:
Check out a live session of the track 'Easy, Kid' here:

German fans can watch the videos here:
Sing To God:
Easy Kid:

Disorientating and captivating in equal measure during early appearances in Student Union bars and basement venues either side of the Pennines, as well as at European festivals Melt and Reeperbahn, the Leeds-based artist's early performances took on the guise of a man vs. machine solo rock opera. Songs were constructed on stage as he writhed about on his stool like Silver Apples on uppers - the transmissions from his web of loop pedals, keyboards, pads and samplers seemingly coursing through his body's contortions. More Stately Mansions hasn't changed the process much, it's just that - as he puts it - "the extra pairs of hands aren't channels on a loopstation or sample libraries anymore, they're owned by other people with their own ideas."

Mostly recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, with vocals put down in an isolated cottage in the middle of Wales, More Stately Mansions deals with unashamedly bold brush strokes. Songs like 'Sing To God's' gossamer strings strike delicately amidst rumbling percussion and several moments of histrionic guitar malevolence that recall those aforementioned teenage influences; the title track's layered vocals hark back to Queen in their mid-70's pomp, while 'Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth' rises and falls on a series of scything post-hardcore riff acrobatics. All of this is cut through with a climactic vocal that bores out vestiges of Jeff Buckley, or even Freddie Mercury, delivered with an overwhelming sincerity that goads its audience out of apathy and into a reaction, an expressive way of performing that Barnes has embraced since childhood.

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