Shedding the heavier influences of Something Anorak, Pictures of Belgrade, the new solo project from frontman Chris Barrett, finds a much more tranquil origin. The lo-fi grunge of the earlier project is replaced with folky inflections but the songwriting remains as quirky, and just as engaging. ‘Holiday’, the first track released from his forthcoming ‘ep1’, starts simply with gentle plucking, but swiftly weaves layer upon layer of guitars, percussion and vocal loops together into a textured masterpiece. A 2 minute long sonic tapestry, the track manages to cover more ground than most, but cuts itself short before it starts to drag – the perfect curio to introduce Pictures of Belgrade to the world.
‘ep1’ is released on yellow cassette on April 7th via Bowl Cut Records.