Category Archives: Mark Barrott

The Island that Doesn’t Exist

Featuring : Mark Barrott

There are few musicians that we cover on this blog more adept at creating a sense of place than Mark Barrott.  Ever since he moved to Ibiza, the records he’s put out feel like portals.  Although most interestingly, not portals to an Ibiza that can be located, prosaically, among the Balearic Isles.  But rather a possible Ibiza, a place perhaps imagined but never really there.

His island is a place where bodies and feelings and sounds and ideas drift in along the wind.  Snatches of other, more distant places, caught whole but caught oh so briefly.

 

Mark Barrott – Music for Santoor, Bansuri, Tanpura y Sarodto 

Music for Santoor, Nansuri, Tanpura y Sarod is a beautiful piece of Indian music from the Spanish island.  A prolonged drone piece, improvised over two hours and edited down to six minutes, as if in an attempt to dislocate both time and space.  Or perhaps to open up portals within the portal, collapsing segments of the world into each other.

Throughout you can hear, albeit distantly, the sound of the native birds.

This is the B-side to Mark Barrott’s sumptuous new 12″, The Pathways of our Lives.  It’s out on his label, International Feel and you can get it right here (and at other good record shops that didn’t have their pre-order page up yet).

 

The Birds Fly Upward

Featuring : Mark Barrott

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Mark Barrott is back within the frames of this webzine, doing his regular public service of opening a portal between this northerly island and his southerly paradise.   His Sketches From an Island records — now surely a series — are psychic field recordings smuggled amongst Balearic tempos and actual field recordings.  They chart a sense of place (purely imagined in my case), like folk records: often hyper local in focus but revealing of a larger, more universal feeling.

Where previous records have seemed to look at the world and wonder why it rushes past so much beauty.  This one’s been born into trouble.  This one seems to be a sign-post to sanctuary.  A liquid distillation of calm, a vital elixir to draw in the true believers.

Mark Barrott – der Stern, der nie vergeht

Der Stern, der nie vergeht emerges in the last third of the album, all polyrhythmic North African drums and gentle, drifting melodies.  Like a magical excursion through Motorik.  A Motorik from a land without Autobahns where the road (and the rhythm) is formed both by the irregular movements of wildlife and the lost wandering  of man.

Der Stern, der nie vergeht is taken from Mark Barrott’s new album Sketches From an Island 2.  It came out on his label International Feel a few weeks ago and it’s (currently) still in stock on vinyl at Juno.

20JFG, bought to you by the letter ‘M’

Featuring : Mark Barrott + Myster EEZ

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Last year Mark Barrott’s Sketches From an Island managed to forcibly wedge open a portal to warmer universes and simpler pleasures.  At least for those of us stuck on islands with intemperate climates.  As we emerge spluttering out of winter Mr. Barrott returns with another distillation of pure, crystalline vitamin D.

Saviours or Savages starts all gamelan polyrhythms — if the gamelan was constructed entirely for pads and synths.  Which is delightful in its own right of course but nothing compared to the huge synth washes and string stabs that soon impose themselves on the track.  As if the forest was at once impossibly dense and lit entirely in pastel neon.  A blue and pink vista stretching out like Miami in the Amazon.  If (crazy fascist) Henry Ford’s Fordlândia had taken root in Brazil and birthed a South American Detroit, this is its Techno.

Mark Barrott – Saviours or Savages?

This is taken from Mark Barrott’s new 12″ on his label International Feel.  It’s out on April 27th from all quality purveyors of music.

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Speaking of Detroit…

MyStEr EEZ has brought us lovely tape distorted Detroit sounds, beamed straight from Cybertron to Berlin.   Where Mark Barrott fuses the forest and the night, MyStEr EEZ takes the radar pings of a city at 4am and reflects them back onto themselves until he has constructed a cathedral of isolated sound.  An cold, dark, complex isolation that ironically draws all who hear it into its pulsating 4/4 heart.  Like a venus fly trap of Techno.

MyStEr EEZ – DEEP STATE THE AWAKENING

No buying info for this one.  It exists purely on our collective hard drives and hearts.  You can hear various related things at the GOD69 Soundcloud.

The Gates of Summer

Featuring : Mark Barrott

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You can feel that warm glow between the sphinx up there.  Nestled between the darkness and the blue-black sky.  Summer is coming.

It’s that time of year again when Brighton (and Hove) does the metaphysical Transformer thing and shakes itself from its rusting sodden slumber, makes some clanking noises, throws out a few plastic tables and assumes its true form.  It’s a magical time, a hot primordial fluid from which, for a few special days at its height, we can pretend that Balearic is a physical possibility on our reactionary isle.

And when we do pretend we can pretend in the embrace of Mark Barrott, our favourite purveyor of sun-kissed sounds through his International Feel label.

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The latest from International Feel is an album under Mr Barrott’s own name.  And what a work of distilled Balearic bliss it is.

Mark Barrott – Dr Nimm’s Garden of Intrigue & Delight

If it’s possible for a song to sound like light streaming through leaves; soft focus and grainy — then here we are.  A simple and delicate porch song.  Lots of playful crash zooms and laughing people in glistening bays.  There’s actual sunlight trapped in there, I swear it.  It has captured the soul of the summer and brought it on holiday with us.

Sketches From an Island is out on June 2nd and you can pick it up from Boomkat* right here.

*other record stores are available.