2017’s A Suitable Girl felt like a breakthrough for Ali Barter after a decade of diligent work. Jacked up on pop-punk fizz and vinegar, Barter wore confidence well, driving its blunt force assault with the force of personality.
Here, the project is still revitalising ’90s alt-rock (big guitars, bigger drums, and bass lines that curl around the listener like marionette strings) but Barter allows more of her sombre and contemplative past work new space to live. If A Suitable Girl was Barter breaking new ground, Hello, I’m Doing My Best is her planting the flag.
Hello, I’m Doing My Best by Ali Barter is out October 18 via Inertia/PIAS.
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