Greenville native Britt Barker is the master mixer of Catch The Rise, specializing in pleasing tonality. Instrumental guitar is vital as his vocal lead; yet, beautifully matched with electronic bits, spats, and an array of rhythms. His latest EP titled “Trust,” is a product of a disorientated display of global uncertainty and cosmic balance. Some sounds may be unfamiliar, but that’s the beauty of his blended ear in bringing them together. As music naturally transcend us, Barker teleports himself and listeners on a sentimental journey.
The moment you close your eyes, it washes over your senses. In the introductory track “Purple”, the keyboard scale builds up to a haunting vocal harmony; transitions into a bass riff that tingles the skin. The airy downtempo track sends a wave of warmth, an auditory, physical sensation. The color itself is the passion people tend to forget, one that embraces dark tonality under warmer layers. Barker’s expression is the audio equivalent if one does not have the luxury to note purple visibly.
“Translator” needs no interpretation. The interwoven of electronic chime amalgams acts as the bustling foreign streets of any eclectic city. The foot patterns of a cobblestone or brick alleyway as the kick drum. The vocal imprints as our subconscious. Whether it’s a bus or subway ride to local stops, an exploration of a new experience or even a flush of memories, “Translator” teleports.
Barker’s vision of “20/20” is a flighty science fiction drift among the guitar strings that pave the pathway into the future of an unknown present. The chords strike as taking the first step out of the house, the first step in a conversation lost, the first breath of fresh air. The trip-hop core speeds through a rapid fear of the unexplored but quickly confronted with the familiar guitar hues of hope. These built-up riffs of trust represent a shockwave sent through satellites for all the world to hear.
“Tendencies” has a soft start of the dusky summer sun. The countable breathing acts as a reminder to take a deep one in and relish the moment—a chance at a new day and a reminder that time is an illusion. Here the clicking embedded in the melody fades, and that mindful inhale takes over and recounts our breathe as the track begins to build. We tend to forget to take a break, that we cannot do it all, and savor the sunset.
Ending the EP is the hypnotic “Desert Nights in Phoenix.” Equally atmospheric, yet the uplifting bass kicks bring us back to Earth. The synth melody leads to a luminescence sky ride, stopping to take in the shimmering stars, well-refined in the electric a cappella background. The drumroll are neighboring asteroids and comets leading into the climax where all the astrological wonders come together. And what better way to see them than the vast wilderness?
Trust will be available on all digital platforms Tuesday, August 25.