Plastic Barricades is the moniker of London-based singer-songwriter Dan Kert. He is the central force behind the name but with each era, his collaborators change. Following two studio albums, Plastic Barricades turns to the softer side of indie rock for their upcoming album ‘We Stayed Indoors’. A not-too-subtle nod to the UK lockdowns over covid, the album explores mental health, doubts, living in the moment, courage and changing perceptions over time. Joining Dan this time are Sheffield-based drummer Chris Barber and Berlin-based singer Aellie Koto, as well as singer-songwriters Luke Joyce and John Sibley.
The lead single is ‘For the Brave’, a hopeful plea and invigorator for courage and bravery. If you can confront your fears and do tiny acts of daily courage, we can live fuller, richer lives. The earnest and clean vocals backed by the acoustic forward nature of the track give it an earnest quality that struck a chord with me.
Enjoy the excellent stop-motion music video for the single below. Created by Elina Pasok and Olly Holovchenko, it explores summoning the courage to make an important phone call. The single is out now, with the album due later this year. For more information on all things Plastic Barricades, visit their website.
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