Richard Barbieri has announced that he’ll release his third solo album early next year.
Titled Planets + Persona, it’ll launch on March 3 via Kscope.
Known for his work with Japan and Porcupine Tree, Barbieri’s follow-up to 2008’s Stranger Inside is said to be “his most sonically expansive work to date.”
A statement on the album continues: “Vintage analogue synthesisers combine with acoustic performances and jazz elements.
“Twisted voices are always present, though not in a language we can recognise. Barbieri skilfully utilises the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesised sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes.
“It’s a skilful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality.”
To mark the announcement, Barbieri has also issued a teaser video for the record, featuring snippets of all seven tracks. Listen to them below.
Pre-orders for Planets + Persona are now open, with the CD featuring a 16-page booklet with studio shots and photographic scenes taken in Iceland. The 2LP version presented in double gatefold sleeve and pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl.
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Richard Barbieri Planets + Persona tracklist
- Solar Sea
- New Found Land
- Night Of The Hunter
- Interstellar Medium
- Shafts Of Light
- Solar Storm