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“I had other ideas…” but was never quite sure which one to follow. Semaphore Signal is a journey through sunlit memories and missed opportunities.

A journey where time is condensed, making you feel you’ve grown up in the space of one song. It’s a Van Morrison, Dylan-esque odyssey where the violin wraps itself around the vocal and pulls us all forward…

Semaphore Signal is the second single from ‘Manchester Sun’ the new album by Barton Hartshorn, out on October 14th..

In the line of English singer-songwriters that runs from Nick Drake through Elvis Costello to Pete Doherty and beyond, Barton Hartshorn offers up 10 guitar-driven indie-folk songs that make up his new album, ‘Manchester Sun’.

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Ever the storyteller, Barton weaves tales of first kisses, of soldiers trying in vain to remember their home town, of missed opportunities and unreliable childhood memories. He casts Orson Wells as a modern-day dictator, perched high in a carousel and tells the story of the spray-painted marriage proposal that appeared overnight on a motorway bridge 50 miles from London.

Manchester Sun was recorded in England with Barton playing most of the instruments himself, moving through guitar, bass, drums, percussion and Hammond organ during an intensive week-long session in the peaceful, rural setting of Echo Studios. The album places Barton and his acoustic guitar centre-stage, with additional contributions from long-time collaborators Vincent Guibert, David Lewis and Melissa Cox on Piano, trumpet and violin.

Manchester Sun will be released in October 2022 with the first single Starter Kiss appearing in May.


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