Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboard player Richard Barbieri releases his brand new solo album “Under A Spell” though Kscope Records today, February 26, 2021.
To celebrate he’s released an epic eight-minute plus video for “Flare 2,” an evolving soundscape of synths, trumpets and intriguing classical instrumentation with an equally enthralling visualiser courtesy of animator Matthew Entecott. Watch the video below:
“Under A Spell” was originally intended as Barbieri’s fourth solo album and a direct follow up to its predecessor, 2016’s “Planets + Persona.” That record, made in different studios across Europe and heavily incorporating live performances from a range of musicians, was adventurous and bold, showcasing Barbieri’s endlessly inventive song writing and mastery of electronic music. The follow-up would pick up where it left off, journeying further into the expansive terrain he mapped out on the previous record. And then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and everything changed.
“I wrote and recorded it in my studio at home, with all this strangeness going on outside,” says Barbieri of “Under A Spell.” “It became something completely different: this weird, self-contained dream-state album.”
“Under A Spell” is out now on CD, gatefold double black vinyl LP, limited edition gatefold double red vinyl LP (exclusive to the Kscope store) and digitally.
1. Under A Spell [07:19]
2. Clockwork [02:33]
3. Flare 2 [08:51]
4. A Star Light [03:50]
5. Serpentine [06:22]
6. Sleep Will Find You [02:51]
7. Sketch 6 [06:30]
8. Darkness Will Find You [04:58]
9. Lucid [06:14]