Charlie Barnes, touring multi-instrumentalist with the hugely successful British act Bastille, follows up his 2018 album Oceanography, with the 10-track collection Last Night’s Glitter. Charlie Barnes has also launched a vertical video for the track Former Glories which you can watch here:
Charlie comments: «Album campaigns are supposed to have music videos. Historically, I have handed responsibility for those over to my dear friend, life guru, and sometime social media manager Ryan Pearce. Unfortunately we have been living something of a restricted life for the last few months due to a global pandemic. In addition to this, my entirely home-made and 100% hit-free new record Last Night’s Glitter’has been put together with a budget totaling zero pounds (or Euros…), so when it came to working out how best to go about making a video for one of its songs, my wife and I hatched a plan to advance bravely into modernity, more specifically its preferred aspect ratio of 9:16, easily achieved by way of my mobile telephone».
«She built a beautiful set in the corner of my home studio, featuring the paintings we’d done for the Last Night’s Glitter lyric video, and a cardboard surround for our old TV, and we set about throwing as much interesting stuff through said TV as we could. Much of what we went for came from my family video archive, so expect some Birthday/Christmas unwrapping gold, a 7 year old’s recreation of Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love music video, and the skateboarding antics of a perpetually fearful teen. And the dog, obviously».
To celebrate the release of the album, Charlie will be doing a live Q&A and studio tour over on his Instagram at 8pm UK time tonight. Watch the lyric video for the album’s title track here:
Recorded and mixed in his home studio, it features new stripped-back arrangements of tracks from his aforementioned previous album, as well as 2015’s More Stately Mansions, complete with woodwind, brass & string flourishes from the likes of Jonny Abraham & Rittipo (Public Service Broadcasting, Bastille) & more. Closing out the album is a brand new piece, and the record’s title track, a piece of music that Charlie Barnes describes as «the kind of song where a writer manages to translate exactly where and who they are at a certain time into a handful of verses».
Charlie Barnes comments of the collection: «This album, which was supposed to be a couple of throwaway bonus tracks, or a swiftly turned around EP, or a handful of live session videos to help point people, and their wallets, in the direction of its predecessor, has taken me far longer to make than it should have done. So long, in fact, that I no longer see it as a standard issue piece of promotional material, but a body of work that I hope will come to hold its own amongst my repertoire».
Watch a making-of documentary of his last album Oceanography here: