Sophie Burbery/Little Bark
Little Bark aka Sophie Burbery is in love with synthesizers, electronic beats, melodic hooks and gnarley guitars. She directs, writes and produces everything herself. Born and bred in New Zealand (spending most of her time in Wellington until she moved to Auckland in 2013) she’s been compared to Kate Bush, Pet Shop Boys, Lykke Li to name a few. Her songwriting is full of vivid imagery and strange happenstances.
Burbery’s sophomore album, USB, (Unique Sonic Broadcast) is a synth-based album is laid out like a film soundtrack with a mixture of synth pop songs interspersed with lush instrumentals.
Burbery’s music has been featured on adverts for Ford, on documentaries and as part of the Becks Beer songwriter series.
Burbery first came to attention with the release of her debut ‘Hope is Rubbery’ in 2011. In the spirit of Outkast’s celebrated Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Burbery split the album into two EP’s, each side created with a different producer. On Hope is Rubbery Burbery presented two distinct musical personas (one side Sophie Burbery, the other Little Bark) with Radio NZ describing it as; ‘Curious, fantastical songs…like falling through clouds”.
On Little Bark’s music
“With a wide palette of vintage synths, deep, lush bass lines, drum tracks steeped in the 80s, and a cinematic approach, Little Bark (aka Sophie Burbery) has created a sprawling, assertive record that manages to be jubilant and tense, shadowy and punchy. It’s a timeless piece of work that echoes the kind of grand, emotive, electronic statement M83 and Fever Ray proposed, though it’s brasher than both.”
NZ Herald – Review of USB (4.5/5 stars)
“USB is a sound-scape for the future, crafted from the deepest of hearts paired with beautifully produced synths, ambient sounds, warm, brittle and strong”
Cheese on Toast
“New Day arrives like just that; a rousing array of space age synths and catapulting electronics that collide to create a quasi-futuristic, instrumental dreamscape. Meanwhile Hmmm offers a similarly textured array of lush, musical technicolor.”
“Little Bark – aka Sophie Burbery – creates upbeat, 80s-esque electro-pop reminiscent of Lykke Li, but perhaps even quirkier.”
“Charming, quivering vocals, kaleidoscopic lyrics and glittering production.”
“the love-child of an unholy coupling between Cyndi Lauper and the Pet Shop Boys.”
Sunday Star Times
“The song is another example of Sophie Burbery’s strong songwriting abilities….I could easily imagine the song as a Top 40 hit internationally”
NZ Music 4 U
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