West In The Head

Barbarisms’ third offering, ‘West In The Head’ is as rich in melodic warmth as it is brutal in emotional suggestion.

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*“Gorgeous chugging, lyrically barbed, melodically tumbling …." *

Barbarisms’ third offering, ‘West In The Head’ is as rich in melodic warmth as it is brutal in emotional suggestion. It smooths out some of the jagged edges of earlier recordings without losing the weirdness and spontaneity of first takes and fortunate mistakes. The songs use the colors of 70’s singer-songwriter-sunshine to illuminate the dark, grimy and often banal details that go into a life dedicated to writing. The narratives poke fun at traditional tortured artists’ stories by toying with the language of romantic poetry, adventure stories, spy novels, corporate slang and newspeak, while the music continually plays into and against expectations of genre. Skantze and Af Ekenstam used their experience as studio engineers to rig the band’s 16th century cabin into a place where songs could be recorded within the day they were written, and their experience as composers emerges in the vivid atmosphere of the band’s deceptively simple music and their demandingly raw approach. This went a long way in allowing the songs to swagger in their lush bare bones.

The album art was created by Jan Håfström, a hero of the Swedish art world who has just celebrated his 81st birthday. The white bus was meant to depict the imaginative vehicle that drives the record, but it is also an image that has haunted Håfström since childhood.

“Forget the highfalutin claims about being inspired by Gertrude Stein’s theories of American expansionism: Faraone is simply a classic American songwriter whose observations on the complex, twisted psyche of his homeland are a rendered more acute by being made from abroad. “When you reach the Pacific, there’s no place left but west in the head,” he sings on “Freewheeling through the Old World”. Don Henley couldn’t have put it better. Juxtaposing indie-rock tropes, splinters of fractured Americana and a dash of anti-folk spontaneity laced with Dadaist wit, there are hints of everything from Violent Femmes to Smog, but Faraone transcends his influences to emerge as his own man."
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“Gorgeous chugging, lyrically barbed, melodically tumbling …. put me in mind of a pop-folk cross between balladeering Creedence and The Triffids written by Jarvis Cocker. "
FOLKRADIO.UK

Asked about his songwriting, the frontman of Barbarisms, Nicholas Faraone, once said: "I like when a lyric comes to mind and I think, ‘Can I get away with that?’ "
The Sunday Times

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Signed Bundle

Signed Bundle
€60
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A collection of signed products from the band including the new album West In The Head.

Browser – 12" Vinyl – Signed
Track Listing

1. Heaviest Breather
2. Lost Position
3. I Have Not Seen You In Days
4. Prison Rules
5. Older Then Birds
6. Rico Of The White Nights
7 .Ice Storm #2
8. I Would Not Ask
9.Eternal Recur
10. Tastemaker

West In The Head – 12" Vinyl – Signed
Track Listing

1. Bone Beach
2. My Take
3. Moaning Teresa
4. First Try
5. Focus Group
6. Public Places
7. Royal Ballet Academy
8. Soulful Lingo
9. Freewheeling through the Old World
10. Common Tongue

Poster
A3 size poster of West In The Head artwork signed by the artist Jan Håfström.

*Signature will vary.

West In The Head - 12" Vinyl - Signed

West In The Head - 12" Vinyl - Signed
€30
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West In The Head – 12" Vinyl – Signed

Includes free promotional CD

West In The Head - 12" Vinyl

West In The Head - 12" Vinyl
€20
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West In The Head – 12" Vinyl

Includes free promotional CD

Track listing

1. Bone Beach
2. My Take
3. Moaning Teresa
4. First Try
5. Focus Group
6. Public Places
7. Royal Ballet Academy
8. Soulful Lingo
9. Freewheeling through the Old World
10. Common Tongue

Browser - 12' Vinyl LP - Signed

Browser - 12' Vinyl LP - Signed
€30
30.00
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Signed by the band.

Includes free promotional CD

Track Listing

1. Heaviest Breather
2. Lost Position
3. I Have Not Seen You In Days
4. Prison Rules
5. Older Then Birds
6. Rico Of The White Nights
7. Ice Storm #2
8. I Would Not Ask
9. Eternal Recur
10. Tastemaker

*Signature will vary.

Browser - 12" LP

Browser - 12" LP
€20
20.00
50 left

Includes free promotional CD

Track Listing

1. Heaviest Breather
2. Lost Position
3. I Have Not Seen You In Days
4. Prison Rules
5. Older Then Birds
6. Rico Of The White Nights
7. Ice Storm #2
8. I Would Not Ask
9. Eternal Recur
10. Tastemaker

Barbarisms - CD

Barbarisms -  CD
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Barbarisms self titled debut album on CD.

Track listing
1. Easier All The Time
2. Backwards Falconer #2
3. Macaulay Culkin On Pizza
4. Gaudy Falsetto
5. A Wash Of Teeth And Eyes
6. Katherine Anne Porter
7. I Won The Nothing
8. Pail Of Water
9. Explorer
10. Olga Khoklova
11. Figures Of Men

Signed Artwork Poster

Signed Artwork Poster
€20
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A3 size poster of West In The Head artwork signed by the artist Jan Håfström.

*Signature will vary.

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