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Ali Barter ‘AB-EP’ In Store September 4 + Launch Shows

‘AB-EP’ is the third EP release from Melbourne’s Ali Barter, following on from previous EP releases ‘Trip’ (2012) and ‘Community’ (2014). Co-written and produced by Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) and mixed by local producer Stephen Mowat, ‘AB-EP’ was recorded at The Aviary in Abbotsford. She gathered musicians who could flesh out the songs she was building. They played pub residencies, regional tours and supported the likes of The War On Drugs, Phosphorescent andHusky, building a show and testing their metal for the studio and beyond.

The former triple j Unearthed winner has spent the last few years sharpening her sound, gathering kindred artists and engraining herself into the musical soul that stretches deep into Melbourne’s bitumen. This has resulted in the six-track EP, ‘AB-EP’, out on September 04, through Barter and Dawson’s very own label, Ronnie Records.

From stories of the eternal nothing of a baking Melbourne summer day (Ode 2 Summa) to the farewell of innocence (If You Go), this EP finds guitars swinging from lush to languid. Barter builds layers of drums and bass, strips down to bare vocals and then pushes her voice to the back to let the sound run free (check out the film clip to first single, Hypercolour). ‘I Ask For So Little’ could almost be picked straight from a 90s grunge playlist, while ‘It’s Not Real’ sees Barter stripped-back and raw. There is ambition here, and a clear vision.

With brand new single Blood’, reminiscent of an early 90s soundtrack, Barter’s soundscape is woozy with heartache and nostalgia. She spills out lyrics such as ‘your blood don’t get me high…’, replete with teenage stories, memories of times gone by, and stories of growing up. Listen to ‘Blood’ here.

To launch this new EP, Ali Barter is excited to announce that she will be hitting the road for a run of co-headline dates with close friend Ben Wright Smith. This tour takes in shows at Howler in Melbourne (Thurs Oct 08) and Brighton Up Bar (Sat Oct 10) in Sydney, and promises a few surprises and special guests. Tickets are on sale now.

AB-EP Launch Shows

Thursday 08 Oct       Howler                       Melbourne                    VIC
Co-headline show with Ben Wright Smith
7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick

Saturday 10 Oct        Brighton Up Bar        Sydney                          NSW  
Co-headline show with Ben Wright Smith
1/77 Oxford St, Darlinghurst


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