James Mathé is a true original.
The Londoner records under the name Barbarossa, melding home made electronics to a high, keening voice which is redolent of blue eyed soul.
New album 'Imager' will be released on May 11th via Memphis Industries, and promises to be something of a beautiful return.
Working alongside co-producer Ash Workman, the material seems to find Barbarossa moving confidently forward, exploring new realms but retaining that plagent sound.
The title track is online now, and it's typically beautiful. Amidst a breathy vocal and tender arrangement the twinkling electronics seem to suggest something much grander yet equally engrossing.
Check it out now.
Catch Barbarossa at the following show: June 10 London The Lexington