The solo project of London-based multi-instrumentalist James Mathé, Barbarossa makes minimalist folk, R&B and electronic-influenced pop. He first appeared under the Barbarossa name in 2005 releasing the mini album Sea Like Blood as part of the Fence Collective Picket Fences series. He has also spent time working with Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez, playing in both his backing band and Gonzalez' other project Junip. These collaborations combined with his own varied musical experiences inspired the intimate, spare compositions on his second album, Bloodlines, which was released by Memphis Industries in 2013. His follow-up Imager arrived two years later in early 2015 and featured a guest performance from Gonzalez.
~ Timothy Monger & Matt Collar