Little Bark aka Sophie Burbery is in love with synthesizers, electronic beats, melodic hooks and gnarley guitars. She directs, writes and produces everything herself, aligning with a different co-producer for every project. Born and bred in New Zealand (spending most of her time in Wellington until she moved to Auckland in 2013) she’s been compared to Kate Bush, Pet Shop Boys, Lykke Li to name a few. Her songwriting is full of vivid imagery and strange happenstances.
Burbery first came to attention with the release of her debut Hope is Rubbery in 2011. In the spirit of Outkast’s celebrated Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Burbery split the album into two EP’s, each side created with a different producer. On Hope is Rubbery Burbery presented two distinct musical personas (one side Sophie Burbery, the other Little Bark) with Radio NZ describing it as; ‘Curious, fantastical songs…like falling through clouds”.
Burbery’s sophomore album, USB, (Unique Sonic Broadcast) is due for release 28 August 2014. Co-produced with collaborator Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome, Mestar), the synth-based album is laid out like a film soundtrack with a mixture of synth pop songs interspersed with lush instrumentals.
Four singles from the album have already been released, including Modern Love which featured in Alt-Radio charts, Arpreggiator which was handpicked as part of the NZ Music Month’s Becks New New Zealand music project. And Hmmm which is playlisted at student radio stations nationwide. The video for Hmmm features a visual generated from the colour palette of the USB album cover and can be watched here.
Little Bark performs with a 4 piece band, featuring 2 synthesists, a drummer (using a Simmons electronic kit), bassist and vocals.
On Little Bark’s music:
“Little Bark - aka Sophie Burbery - creates upbeat, 80s-esque electro-pop reminiscent of Lykke Li, but perhaps even quirkier.”
“Charming, quivering vocals, kaleidoscopic lyrics and glittering production.”
“the love-child of an unholy coupling between Cyndi Lauper and the Pet Shop Boys.”
Sunday Star Times
"The song is another example of Sophie Burbery's strong songwriting abilities....I could easily imagine the song as a Top 40 hit internationally"
NZ Music 4 U
“New Day arrives like just that; a rousing array of space age synths and catapulting electronics that collide to create a quasi-futuristic, instrumental dreamscape. Meanwhile Hmmm offers a similarly textured array of lush, musical technicolor."