Barns Courtney's debut album The Attractions Of Youth is an impressive statement from the Anglo-American troubadour. Featuring the already successful singles "Fire" and "Glitter & Gold," he kicks on to deliver a plethora of blues/folk-tinged pop anthems. From the Kings Of Leon-esque Americana excitement of "Hands" and "Hobo Rocket," to the more stripped-back sounds of "Goodbye John Smith" and "Little Boy," the collection showcases his versatility and effortless ability to adapt. As well as soaring vocals appearing as a constant throughout, Barns has placed a firm marker in the sand with his maiden release.
Despite having only released a handful of singles, Barns has already experienced more highs and lows than most artists could wish to encounter in an entire lifetime. His is a story of family turmoil, bad record industry deals, homelessness, serendipitous meetings with movie moguls and sheer talent and hard work winning out against the odds. Barns' confessional, life-affirming blues and rock ‘n' roll anthems-in-waiting draw on the breadth of these events, the positives and negatives of his experiences' baring their scars for all to see.