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Album Review

An Australian/New Zealand supergroup of sorts, BARB are nominally fronted by Liam Finn and feature his sometime duet partner Eliza-Jane Barnes; Lawrence Arabia; and two members of Connan & the Mockasins, Connan himself and Seamus Ebbs. Everybody involved in the project has deep roots in music — Finn and Barnes grew up with famous fathers — and their eponymous album does have a relaxed, comfortable feel, with the quintet dabbling around with all manner of studio sounds, placing a considerably emphasis on feel over form. Which isn’t to say there are no songs here, but BARB is definitely a mood album, rolling steadily along in a thick haze, frequently stopping for spacious instrumental interludes before circling back to elliptical open-ended pop songs. Nothing really catches hold but it’s not meant to: this music is meant to float.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

Something of a supergroup of second-generation New Zealand rock stars and their pals, BARB is comprised of Liam Finn, Eliza-Jane Barnes, Lawrence Arabia, Seamus Ebbs and Connan Mockasin. Finn and Barnes -- the son of Split Enz/Crowded House’s Neil and daughter of Jimmy, respectively -- had previously worked together as a duo, releasing Champagne in Seashells in 2009, but the members of the quintet had crossed paths much earlier, running in similar circles and playing music on occasion. These loose...
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