Barbarossa releases 'the tidal pool tapes'
Barbarossa a.k.a. James Mathé, purveyor of tender, emotively charged, electronically tinged chorales, returns with the intimate stripped back piano session the tidal pool tapes.
Mathé, along with collaborator Ghost Culture, revisited his back catalogue at his studio in Margate, UK, recording stripped back versions on his battered piano, glass of red at hand, candles burning, returning the songs to their original form, as James explains:
“The idea for this stemmed from some live sessions I did around the release of the record last year. I really enjoyed playing them in their simplest form and thought it could be nice to record them in this way as alternative versions for people to hear. It’s how I wrote many of the new ones too, just on the piano in my home studio by the sea. I called them ‘the tidal pool tapes’ as I have a tidal pool at the end of my road and swim all year round. It grounds me every time I swim there. That feeling from re connecting with the sea/nature filtered into those songs and these new recordings.”More