Upon the release of Dublin group BARQ’s latest single ‘I’m Blaming You’, it got heavy rotation on radio, blogs and even was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday UK and Breath of Fresh Eire playlists.
They launch the single officially in Button Factory on Wednesday November 21.
BARQ have linked up with Diffusion Lab, the collective that kickstarted the careers of Soulé, Jafaris and Hare Squead, collaborating with DFL producer Marcin Ciszczon. According to the band their ‘agro-soul’ style draws on the influence of artists like Anderson .Paak, Thundercat and The Internet, and for lead vocalist Jess the track itself is reflective of a less than driven time in her life.
“I was looking at ways I was unhappy in my life,” she explains. “Especially when I wasn’t being creative. I was finding it very hard to be happy for my friends and peers who were successful. Not to mention the constant pressure from our socials to be gracious, supportive and engaging with everyone’s perfect avatars.
“I felt quite ashamed but one of the lessons you learn when you try to be mindful is to sit in feelings despite the discomfort. This gave me the inspiration to write ‘I’m Blaming You’, I was giving this dodgy defence mechanism a voice. Hopefully to face these feelings and to let them go. “
Director Paul Mahon echoed these sentiments saying “I really felt the message resonated with myself and wanted to present the lyrical style video in a way that integrated them into the real world, places where resentment and social pressure can be seeded”. Check it out in full below.