After the release of the Pulsing EP last month, Tomas Barfod has announced his new album, Love Me, for release on June 10th via Secretly Canadian. And now, Barfod is excited to reveal the newest single from the record, “Busy Baby.” Once again paired with frequent collaborator and musical kindred sprit Nina K, Barfod weaves pumping house-influenced production around Nina K’s vocal melody.
Back in the summer of 2012, Danish dance music polymath Tomas Barfod released his debut solo album, the mesh of electronics that is Salton Sea. Inspired by a move to LA and mainly written and recorded on the road, it was an album that was imbued with a sense experimentation. It has paved the way for the forthcoming follow-up, Love Me, an album that continues this spirit of adventurousness but takes it to a whole new level. Utilising a supporting cast that includes a string and brass section, and the likes of Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple and long-term collaborator Nina Kinert on vocal duties.
This is where his recent EP, Pulsing, and forthcoming second album Love Me come in. While the crystalline rush of Salton Sea was created mainly in fits and starts, the new album is more precise, more defined and ultimately crafted into more fully-formed pop songs. “Salton Sea was a bit more of a laptop album whereas with this new one I spent more time working with analogue gear and bringing in string arrangers and using Jeppe’s guitar playing,” he says, referencing his bandmate. “I’ve been getting into more vintage synthesizers on this new one too. I think there’s a bit more of a focus on the songs.” While still keeping his debut’s intimate delicacy and beautiful sense of fragility, this follow-up is also more audacious, as showcased on the sweeping strings of the lovely ‘Aftermath’. “The first one was done kind of randomly when I had some time. This one I had a budget so I had the chance to do some things I normally wouldn’t be able to do. I feel like I’ve had much more time and the chance to notch everything up a bit.”
Asked if he’s a perfectionist, Barfod replies, “Both yes and no. I believe that what works instantly is almost always the best thing. I have done everything to make this album as organic as possible. I’ve been exploring the randomness of real people and analog equipment, which means that most instruments on the album are not straight – either on the beat or on the pitch. For example, most of the drums, both acoustic and electronic, are played live and not corrected by the computer and I have live horns, guitar, bass, percussion and even a full string arrangement on the album.”
Tomas Barfod – Love Me
(Secretly Canadian – June 10th)
1. Bell House (Feat. Luke Temple)
2. Pulsing (Feat. Nina K)
3. Destiny’s Child
4. Busy Baby (Feat. Nina K)
5. Honey (Feat. Sleep Party People)
6. Blue Matter (Feat. Jeppe Kjellberg)
7. Waiting For Us (Feat. Nina K)
9. Sell You (Feat. Night Beds)
10. Lost (Feat. Pell)