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Introducing… Kirk Barley

Creating the shimmering relaxing sound of a lake of gold

Minimalist composer Kirk Barley has created an equally perfect minimalist music video for his new single ‘Lake of Gold’. The song is a collection of found sounds, field recordings, instrumental improvisations and weird happy accidental moments that are chopped up and reassembled like a musical collage. You can hear motifs and ideas but in snippet form and Kirk spends time letting a track slowly unveil over time like the sun moving across the sky across the day. I was particularly taken by this single ‘Lake of Gold’ because it sounds exactly as you’d expect it to. It’s like a golden shimmer of tuned percussion, harp, guitar and other plucked and tuned instruments slowly turning in time. It reminds me slightly of Bibio’s more mellow, melodic work.

‘Lake of Gold’ is taken from Kirk Barley’s forthcoming album ‘Marionette’ which is coming out on 24th November. The album will be focusing on sound design more than melody, exploring time signatures and tuning systems. I’m looking forward to diving into the complex soundscapes he has created then, but if you need five minutes of golden solace, enjoy the music video for the single below. For more info on all things Kirk Barley, visit his website.

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