Fresh from his European headline tour, global rising star, Barns Courtney today announces his second studio album ‘404’ which is set for release on September 6th via Virgin EMI. To mark the news, Barns has unveiled a brand new single and video called ‘You & I’. Watch and listen here! In addition to this, a huge UK and Europe tour has been announced for October to celebrate the release.
The album will feature 10 new tracks and will explore his transition into adulthood with conflicted feelings of loss, frustration and optimism. Fans can expect to hear his deep vocals bringing adding an energy to a mixture of intense rock grooves and softer melodic sounds. Recorded in the middle of the night, the vocals were recorded in only one take and are largely improvised. It is perhaps Barns’ most raw and intimate work yet as he invites listeners into some of his deepest thoughts.
Speaking about the album, Barns says: “The album circulates around the themes of existential authenticity, and how we lose ourselves as we age. A 404 error is when a computer can’t find what it’s looking for. It connects with the server but the page isn’t there anymore. As a child of the digital age, the comparison felt apt. And although in some ways, our former lives still exist inside of us, they’re ultimately hollow shells of what they once were, living breathing experiences. We can follow the links to our past, but there’s nothing there. It’s a painful realization and one that fascinated me whilst writing the record in my friends’ old bedroom in the backwaters of Yaxley where we first started almost 10 years ago.”