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Sophie Burbery

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Alternative, Indie

Country of Origin:

New Zealand

Sophie Burbery exists as two personae. One is no different from the name on her passport, while the other is "an urban urchin, orphaned and abandoned in the city, left alone to grow and prosper in the dirty beating heart of the hard city" (Myspace). Whereas "Sophie Burbery" performs sparse, thoughtful songs, reminiscent of a less abrasive Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Little Bark" produces electronic tomfoolery described as "the love-child of an unholy coupling between Cyndi Lauper and the Pet Shop Boys" (Grant Smithies - Sunday Star Times).

2010 saw the release of debut double album Hope Is Rubbery, featuring five songs from Little Bark, and six from Sophie Burbery (technically as two albums). This approach is a deliberate nod to Outkast's 2003 album Speakerboxx/The Love Below, maintaining separation between the two quite distinct sounds. The title is actually an anagram of "Sophie Burbery", and acts as a nice indicator of the ingredients in both sounds: whimsy and deliberation, the beauteous and the banal.

Little Bark is just right for those for whom the '80s never finished, or for those who missed them altogether. In soft contrast, Sophie Burbery's songs acknowledge the work of various artists from that era, but also lend from the modern children of the Brit School, singers such as Kate Nash and Adele, yet still with a noticeable Kiwi accent. The two combine to provide something for every modern indie fan, and for those who simply love rhythm and melodies.

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