Introducing: Steph Barrak

Steph Barrak"This feels so familiar. Don't you feel it too?" We do, Steph Barrak, and it does. It feels like every winter spent chasing something warmer than a handshake. A bonfire less acrid, a boxed wine less acid. Certainly between 2006 and 2009 I spent those seasons filling up mix CDs with sincere indie-folk, most of which I would later realise (to my horror) came from The O.C. soundtrack: Joseph Arthur, Imogen Heap, Pinback, Tunng...

Not that we're calling Steph Barrak a throwback, you understand. But perhaps the Boston, MA singer-songwriter's new single "So Familiar" just evokes a simpler time for many of us, when the sound of a glockenspiel on record didn't make us want to defenestrate our pets and loved ones. It sounds beautiful on this track, a bittersweet affair that celebrates the poignancy of memory, all set to uncluttered instrumentation and a lyrical palette that allows the listener's own experience to colour in the rest. (Inside the lines, please. It may sound cute to go outside them, but it just ends up a mess, doesn't it? Yes.)

Following on from 2013's Words to Break Your Heart, the track precedes brand new EP Never Again, due February 3rd 2017 and produced by Mike Davidson (St. Vincent, José González, Regina Spektor), a man who knows a thing or two about making records sound pretty. Not that it's all coffee-shop folk, as Barrak herself is keen to keep it varied. “Sometimes, I end up writing a complete song that becomes more than just ‘me journaling’ and takes on a life of its own as almost a piece of art. I like to write from the heart and try to not to write to a specific genre.” You do you, Steph. It's working a treat so far.

Make yourself familiar with Steph Barrak's latest track below.


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