MacGuffin is a project that brings together Barbara and Damny, the unlikely encounter version “Catch me if you can! ” of a young singer and a musician (formerly La Phaze) between two airport lounges. Damny invites Barbara to record in his studio during a session that should remain anecdotal but will ultimately lead to the writing and recording of their first album. Barbara and Damny sign what could be the soundtrack of a film, both dark (with titles like “Knife Edge”, “I Cross My Heart” and “Sad Radio..”) and burlesque (“Apple Spy”, “The Lady Vanishes”). Barbara, a beautiful soulful voice, eyes full of suspense and the style of screen goddess Marlene Dietrich – and the mysterious character of a history tinged with nostalgia, reminding us of the authenticity of the heroines of the time. With samples taken from old vinyl records and some powerful and classical orchestrations, MacGuffin rekindles the fire of the 90’s scene of Bristol (Massive Attack, Portishead …) by revisiting current vibes with a tribute to the 60’s. Dub, Trip Hop, Classic – a transversal journey through time that mixes instruments and machines for the first instalment of a decidedly original kind.
Several collaborations enhance the project: Line Kruse, the talented violinist from The Gotan Project on “Knife Edge” and N’fa Jones, the Australian rapper (and childhood friend of Heath Ledger) – and his duet with Barbara on “Sleepy Talk.” On stage, we discover long sequence shots, and songs like “You Against You” or “Blue Week” take the physical and visual dimension of a live show with images that are carefully collected and arranged by Barbara under the watchful eye of the “Master of Suspense.”