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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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AVANTgarden: Be You, Be Proud

SEEN is intrigued to hear about AVANTgarden from FKA Twigs, a new digizine dedicated to self-care, beauty and the art of braids within the black community. Certainly on my voyaging around London, I’m struck, as an observer, by the beauty and complexity of the braids I see.

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Halloween at Sexy Fish

In London, you don’t go on a night out so much as partake of a new experience. Leave it to the gloriously named Sexy Fish in Mayfair to add a unique event to this year’s Halloween calendar.

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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it …

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The Castle at the Space: SEEN Reviews

SEEN was not that familiar with the work of Howard Barker prior to seeing ‘The Castle’ but feels she must rectify that situation. A powerful piece on the nature of masculinity, war, gender roles and the essential unreliability of religious faith, ‘The Castle’ benefits from a powerhouse cast and a stripped-back set, making the most of the Space’s environment.

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Original Swimming Party Release ‘Biggest Curse’

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party, have announced the release of their new single  ‘Biggest Curse’ featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix EP, the single is now available to stream from October 6th.

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs would do well to get themselves along to the Heist Bank Beer Festival this weekend, the 14th and 15th October. The bar in Paddington will be celebrating the finest keg and cask beers known to humanity, from UK brewers, Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co., who will headline, launching special seasonal releases …