On his new EP, Pretty Thin, Philly songwriter Barney Cortez proves himself to be a student of many styles.
The songwriter (also known as BARNES, and one of the creative folks behind Nicos Gun) sounds equally comfortable writing a country stomp and a symphonic psych ballad, and can fuse the sounds of multiple decades within a single song. The sheer variety of influences recalls the Magnetic Fields, as do the brilliant and evocative lyrics. Nowhere is this quality more pronounced than on the stirring “Patti Smith,” a melancholic ballad with Lennon-McCartney melodies and nostalgic Mistki-esque production, the song is as absorbing as a soft bed. Continue reading →