Bartees Strange - Farm to Table
Bartees Strange releases his 4AD debut album with single ‘Co-Signs’ – a braggadocious indie-trap banger name-checking collaborators including Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. Opening by way of club-ready bass and 808s and Heartbreaks autotune, the hip hop flavor rapidly ascends to a euphoric, epic indie rock crescendo – showing off Bartees’ wide musical appeal.
Where his 2020 debut record Live Forever introduced the experiences and places that shaped Bartees (Flagey Brussels, Mustang Oklahoma), Farm to Table zeros in on the people – specifically his family – and those closest to him on his journey so far. With his career firmly on the ascent, Farm to Table examines Bartees’ constantly shapeshifting relationship with life post-Live Forever. It also speaks to a deeper lore that says, don’t forget where you came from, and this album is why. Always remembering where he came from, across 10 songs Bartees is celebrating the past, moving towards the future, and fully appreciating the present.
Born in Ipswich, England to a military father and opera-singer mother Bartees had a peripatetic early childhood before eventually settling in Mustang, Oklahoma. Later, Bartees cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands in Washington D.C. and Brooklyn whilst working in the Barack Obama administration and (eventually) the environmental movement. Since charting a path as a solo artist, Bartees Strange has released two records in quick succession: an EP reimagining songs by The National (Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, 2020) and his debut album proper Live Forever (2020). For fans of the National, TV on the Radio, Moses Sumney and Yves Jarvis. All vinyl versions come with a bonus track.
Format / LP, limited edition yellow pressing
Label / 4AD
Cat No / 4AD0488LLPE
Genre / Pop
Release date / 7 October 2022