Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley, as well as sharing stages with Franz Ferdinand and Adulkt Life, South London based Barry follow their eponymous 2019 album with a new double A side release.
First up, ‘Neolithic Homosex‘ ponders the all-important issue of what gay sex was like in ancient times. Propelled by driving, breezy beats and joyously jangly hooks, whirring keys flow alongside brazen vocals and added cheering hand claps, oozing an uplifting, sunny energy. With a fizzing, playful charisma it offers a scuzzily splendid sonic delight.
Accompanying single ‘No More Boys‘ flows with a lilting zest as it reflects on those post-breakup feelings of self-pity, and unfulfilled promises to stave off any vices going forwards. With a twinkling musicality providing the backdrop for the refreshingly relateable, wit-tinged lyricism, it’s another buoyant belter; transforming life’s worries into fun-filled indie-pop goodness.
A band whose mission statement it is to “make you laugh and dance”, I’d say that Barry most certainly succeed in this. And I couldn’t be more grateful for this vibrant, quirky respite from the struggles of everyday life.
‘Neolithic Homosex’ / ‘No More Boys’ is out now. Download on bandcamp now.