Barcodes – Making Marks
The sun’s out, the weather’s warm, so let’s have something poppy for a change.
Marking Marks are from Norway and do indie pop. Their new Barcodes single has had a rather fine remix by Erik Skantze to take the dream pop original into a synthier, slightly Italo, direction. Beach harmonies blend with go-go bar synths. This should be destined for a beautiful people rocking the boho look this summer. The Soup version of the track’s not bad either. Love a bit of steel guitar.
Full EP here:
Blurb: Making Marks release the second single from their forthcoming album In A Desert Of Consultancy ahead of a busy summer festival and touring circuit. After the well-received debut single Ticket Machine, the Norwegian quartet from Oslo return with new single Barcodes. A sure-fire summer pop hit, Barcodes combines the warmth and immediate familiarity of an indie dance floor classic, with a sense of style that can only originate from Scandinavia. Making Marks have toured frequently over the past year, playing across Europe with the likes of Allo Darlin, and in North America with Tigercats, culminating in a show stealing performance at New York Popfest. This summer sees them return to the UK for appearances at Secret Garden Party and Indietracks festivals before a short tour with NYC based The Ballet.
The Barcodes 7” features a non-album mix of Barcodes, with an appearance by Allo Darlin’s Paul Rains on lapsteel guitar – who also leant his skilled hand to the artwork for the Barcodes single. The flip side is a near-acoustic version of A Thousand Half-Truths, allowing Ola and Nina’s delicate vocal interchanges to flourish. Different versions of both tracks appear on their upcoming debut album, where in particular A Thousand Half-Truths showcases Making Marks’ diversity – from the bare heartbreaking tenderness of the single version to the euphoric and reverb drenched guitar solos that comprise the dynamic album version of the song. Norwegian disco producer Erik Skantze has provided a remix, infusing plenty of Italo (Scando-?) disco influences into Barcodes. It is available as a bonus track with the download accompanying the 7”.