Three years after Imager, London-based producer and songwriter James Mathé aka Barbarossa released the new album Lier in 2018. Now he released The Tidal Pool Tapes, which sees Barbarossa reimaginging some nuggets from his back catalogue. It is out now via Memphis Industries. James explains:

‘The idea for this stemmed from some live sessions I did around the release of the record last year. I really enjoyed playing them in their simplest form and thought it could be nice to record them in this way as alternative versions for people to hear. It’s how I wrote many of the new ones too, just on the piano in my home studio by the sea. I called them ‘the tidal pool tapes’ as I have a tidal pool at the end of my road and swim all year round. It grounds me every time I swim there.  That feeling from re connecting with the sea/nature filtered into those songs and these new recordings. ‘