Via Rough Trade:
The first “Sketches From An Island” album garnered support from a diverse set of trailblazers. From Gilles Peterson to Trevor Jackson, Boiler Room to Pitchfork, Mark Barrott has become an unlikely hero for Balearic music after only a few short years living in Ibiza. While the original spirit from the first Sketches album remains, tracks like the instrumental emotional pop of “Driving to Cap Negret” and the heavy weather atmosphere of “Distant Storms at Sea” highlight a compositional leap forward. The polyrhythmic joy of “Cirrus and Cumulus” and overall feeling portrayed by Barrott’s idiosyncratic aural oddities, highlight a composer comfortable in his own skin and very content with his surroundings and day to day life.