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’s sophomore album, USB, (Unique Sonic Broadcast) was released 28 August 2014. Co-produced with 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 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.
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”.
Little Bark performs with a 4 piece band, featuring 2 synthesists, a drummer (using a Simmons electronic kit), bassist and vocals.