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SEEN Chats to Brand New Moon’s Mike Barrett

Congratulations on ‘Spinning Coin’ – very much the sound of the summer in SEEN’s book. Was it inspired quite literally by the sound of the coins spinning?

Thank you, that’s nice to hear! I actually recorded the coins a bit later on in the process, but when they went in the track it felt like a happy marriage. I tend to find the meaning of a song reveals itself painfully slowly – it’s usually only afterwards that I realise what inspired it. I think I was buying a lot of scratch cards at the time.

The lyrics are very wistful. Will listeners identify with the longing for change, do you think?

Ha – ‘change’ – saw what you did there. I’ve had my music described as wistful before, so I guess I must be longing for something. I assume the feeling is hard-wired and that everyone fantasises about rolling the dice and starting again. I’d hope that the song is relatable on that level at least.

How did you meet your collaborators in Brand New Moon?

We’re friends – not the most interesting answer, but I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by a whole bunch of very talented folk who I can call on. The first time I heard Meg sing I wanted to catch her voice in a bottle and sell it as medicine. And Rob always manages to weave the most intricate bass lines around my rough ideas for songs.

Can you tell us anything about the special live date for the single launch yet?

I’m currently planning a double-headliner launch-party spectacular with the wonderful Rhosyn. It’s taking place in an amazing repurposed high-rise office building in Docklands on September 28th (when I should have another single ready). We’ll be joined by video projections, an all-female choir and sunset views of the city. You’re all invited.

Fabulous! Thank you. And finally, you’re in London, you’ve given your publicist the slip – where do you go?

Assuming it’s this warm, I’m getting in my swimming trunks and jumping in the nearest body of water I can find. But I want it noted that I do enjoy my publicist’s company.

Seen this week

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Port Cities play the Slaughtered Lamb

Canadian band PORT CITIES are still bathing in the afterglow of November’s Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. SEEN has certainly been enjoying their beautiful vocals. In light of such accolades then, its only …

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My Furry Lady: the Art of Marion Peck at Dorothy Circus Gallery

SEEN can safely say that there is nowhere quite like Dorothy Circus Gallery in Notting Hill. It is the very antithesis of the white, clinical art gallery that abounds in the capital. From the beautiful yet disquieting pop surrealist art that is the passion of gallery director Alexandra Mazzanti, to the welcoming gallery itself complete …

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Faune: a free new typeface from France

SEEN has always been fascinated by typefaces, so was very interested to hear that the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Cnap), a public establishment of the French Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Groupe Imprimerie Nationale, has commissioned the creation of a type family. Alice Savoie was chosen by a panel of experts following …

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Prep release new single and play Islington Assembly Hall this Sunday

Well, if this isn’t the sound of the summer, SEEN doesn’t know what is – PREP have aired the new video for ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, the first single to arrive from their forthcoming EP ‘Cold Fire’, due out in April 2018. Directed by Tuixen Benet (also behind the choreography for Tame Impala’s ‘The Less …

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Enjoy the Feast of St. Patrick with with a Midleton Very Rare Champagne Cocktail at Corrigan’s of Mayfair

Londoners will know how enthusiastically the city enjoys St. Patrick’s Day. For a different and very luxurious experience of this auspicious day, you might want to try a trip to one of (Irishman born and bred), Richard Corrigan’s restaurants, particularly Corrigan’s Mayfair who will be hosting a full-day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish …