Al Bairre
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Al Bairre

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Pop Indie


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"Al Bairre - Bungalow"

Why do we like this?
One of my favorite bands here in Cape Town is hands down Al Bairre. Their live show is easily one of the most fun indie pop events you'll ever attend, with each and every member of the band throwing their all into the performance.

Naturally that affinity toward the band's live show translates into the digital world, and I couldn't be more stoked to premiere their brand new single "Bungalow."

The single sees the quartet balance Nick Preen's recognizable vocals with the back-and-forth of twins Julia and Tessa Johnson. Top that off with slick guitar work courtesy of Kyle Davis and you've got a helluva track.

If you're lucky enough to be in Cape Town, you can catch them at Kirstenbosch on March 15th. - Indie Shuffle


Al Bairre’s never actually dropped an album. Since their inception, the four-piece has gained the kind of success bedroom bands crave – radio play, headlining festival slots, becoming resident supporting acts for internationals, and a loyal bevy of followers. All of this comes from a succession of local shows, addictive single, and a bunch of well-executed music videos. The band is finally releasing their first collection of work – Experience the Al Bairre Show with Al Bairre Experience.

‘With this mini LP we wanted to create a formal invite for everyone in the whole wide world to experience The Al Bairre Show, with us Al Bairre. It’s a real experience.’

The mini LP was written over a period of three years and also includes older Al Bairre that songs were re-recorded to improve the quality to better the band’s sound. The new tracks were written and recorded over the last year. The band recorded at Digital Forest Studios in Cape Town and the mini LP was produced by Francois de Klerk, who also played a major role in the recording process and mixing of the tracks. - We Are Awesome

"Al Bairre: Experience The Al Bairre Show With Al Bairre Experience"

With a year of notable successes under their belts, including a sold out Kirstenbosch Concert and a mini tour of the UK, indie-pop sensation Al Bairre has dropped their debut album. Dubbed a mini LP, whose brief eight tracks are countered by the mouthful of a title, the project exhibits an array of both old and new songs and provides a delightfully upbeat taste of what is hopefully more of the same.

A minute-long instrumental intro christened ‘Hi’ opens the album with a heavily layered example of their ice-cream of orchestral sound, while ‘Julia’ follows swiftly in suit, launching straight into pattering keyboard progressions and jangling guitar. ‘Let’s Fall in Love Some More’ is the first of the only two brand new songs featured on the project. Incorporating a curiously eerie island-style aesthetic, the track is brimming with Al Bairre’s characteristically bubbly approach and deftly orchestrated symphonic melody.

‘Bungalow’s’ lively synth stylings are followed by two rerecorded golden oldies from their debut EP. ‘Right Here in July’ incorporates a synth progression in the place of what was guitar in the original recording, contributing a slicker, yet somehow echoing sound to the track as a whole. Intermittent builds and drops in the instrumental aspect shakes the track up a bit, while a wildly danceable rendition of ‘We Move On’ follows.

‘Tunnels’, another track which has been on their circuit for several years, is underlain by a wedding-march-esque keyboard progression and pizzicato violin, and boasts Al Bairre’s characteristically elusive, philosophical lyrics: “If you and I were the last of the puzzle/ you and I would die unsolvable”. Heady synthesised keyboard riffs dominate the track and add a depth to it that wasn’t as palpable previously.

Bringing the album to an apt, albeit untimely close is ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ whose echoing, languid melody slows the energy down a notch with chiming, delicate synths. A slight monotony edges in halfway through the track with lingeringly repetitive melody, but they pick up their trailing symphonic strings swiftly.

Packed full of funky rhythms and wildly danceable melody “Experience The Al Bairre Show With Al Bairre Experience”, despite perhaps the grammatically perplexing name, is an excellent showcase of the group’s maturity. - Texxx and the city


Still working on that hot first release.