BARNS aka Victor Pacek is songwriter from Boston who recently released a three-song demo entitled Barn Fire. The whole EP is less than ten minutes long and is a complete DIY effort. BARNS sounds and feels like the humble beginnings of a an artist who is going to release a lot more material as the years go by.
He starts with “proof” which is a jangly, sounding indie rock song not too far off from early Pavement or Guided by Voices. The song is fairly catchy and revolves around basic chord progressions. It won’t leave your jaw on the floor but is enjoyable enough to where you may be interested in what else Pacek can offer.
Up next is the sparse “colorblind” which is the highlight of the three songs. The song revolves around his vocals and guitar. It veers towards melancholy and the song doesn’t go anywhere but the delivery is on point. His vocals sound good on this song. In fact I would argue they sound more natural on this song than on “proof.”
He closes with “moon” which sounds like a band that was influenced by Pavement and My Bloody Valentine and was recorded during their rehearsal session. It’s certainly not a bad song and has its moments.
Apparently, Pacek is looking for a band and I think these songs would be a solid start. These recordings aren’t competitive with professional recording that you hear from more notable, ubiquitous indie rock bands but everybody has to start somewhere.
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