Barnes’ vocals float unassumingly in a jangly haze during the verses, with a haunting backing vocal layer added during the hook. The tranquility of the guitar jangles and nonchalant vocals remind aesthetically of The Clientele, though with a more drawing dream-pop touch in the guitar reverb emerging around the two-minute mark.
Plutinos is the solo effort of Nate Barnes, formerly of the band Rose Hill Drive and drummer for artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ryan Bingham. After years spent making records and touring with other artists – in addition to writing for brands like HBO, Ford, and Target – Nate decided to venture into uncharted waters and to dive deep into writing his own meaningful songs and creating the sound and music he always wanted to hear and play. The result is equal parts dreamy and heavy with emphasis on driving rhythms and vibey, melodic guitars and vocals.
Nate comments on the album:
“Despite having been making records and touring internationally for over 15 years, this is my first release of my own material. Most of my musical career was spent as drummer in the rock band Rose Hill Drive. We put out four studio albums and toured year round from 2002-2010, headlining shows and opening for acts such as The Who, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes, and many others. Around 2012 I branched out on my own into freelance work and shortly after started playing with Oscar and Grammy Award winner Ryan Bingham. I drummed on his latest studio release “Fear And Saturday Night” as well as his live album “Ryan Bingham Live”, and co-wrote the score for the movie “A Country Called Home” with him and my former bandmate Daniel Sproul. After that I transitioned over to playing with multiple Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, and have been her touring drummer for a couple years now.
I’m also a composer for TV, radio, and film, and have written a catalog that has secured placements with HBO, Ford, Facebook, Target, Great Clips, and others. Despite all of my projects I had going on I was still feeling creatively unsatisfied and felt an irresistible need to overcome some of my own personal insecurities and to buckle down and record and release an EP of my own music. I decided to venture into uncharted waters and dive in headfirst into writing my own meaningful songs and creating the music I’d always wanted to play and hear. The result is Plutinos and it was written, performed, and recorded entirely on my own at my home studio outside Denver, CO between October and December of 2017.”