You may know Sophie Barker as one of the vocalists on Zero 7's Simple Things, that luscious, sweeping vocal at the forefront of the album's breakaway hit 'In The Waiting Line'. You may also know her for her work with Groove Armada, The Egg, Grooverider, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Muki, or maybe for her previous solo album Earthbound. She also worked on The Rainbow Collections, a series of children's music. It's been a packed 10 years, that's for sure - but with the release of new album Seagull comes the chance to get to know the real Sophie.
Sophie Barker's new solo album Seagull reintroduces her with a more plaintive sound than before. And she talks about the new album - released on indie label Ho Hum Records - with an incredible excitement: "It's like serendipity calling and coming together through the most natural of sources."
The EPK for Seagull
Let's go back a few years, almost ten to be exact. Just a superb voice.
In The Waiting Line
Zero 7 featuring Sophie Barker performing In The Waiting Line live at the BBC on Later October 2001
Bliss - Breathe featuring Sophie Barker (Wonderful Chill Out Music)
Danish electronic quartet Bliss create ambient soundscapes riddled with cinematic textures and downbeat bravado. Often compared to artists like Massive Attack and Sade, the group was the brainchild of writer/producers Marc-George Anderson and Steffen Aaskoven. Vocalists Tchando and Alexandra Hamnede provide Bliss with soulful performances that reflect their alternately African-tinged and jazz-based foundations, resulting in an ethereal stew of pan-global atmosphere. The group has been a European fixture for years, debuting in North America in 2005 with Quiet Letters, a 12-track collection culled from both the first and second editions of the European release.
Here Sophie gets down with another favorite of mine Sia
at Bush Hall