BARLEY PASSABLE – Rising Sydney disco-duo unveil debut EP: ‘Hindsight’ + new single: ‘Silver’

by Levi

They say the benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing, and on their debut EP, BARLEY PASSABLE are determined to prove it. 


Released today,3rd March 2021, the ‘Hindsight’ EP finds a band casting one eye back to the funk-fuelled melodies and discofied rhythms of yesteryear, with its other fixed on a fresh, finessed and floor-filling vision for the post-Pandemic generation.

Take latest track “Silver, with all its clipped French-touch grooves, elastic disco basslines and glittering retro synthesizers. Intended as a beacon of hope and a paean to eternal youth; it’s a mirror-ball speckled marvel, destined to shine in the darkest of dance-halls as the new era of nightlife and all its endless possibilities beckon.

A fitting entry to their new ‘Hindsight’ EP, Barley Passable say of “Silver”:

“Keeping with the theme of our first EP ‘Hindsight’, “Silver” is written in the context of us looking back on feeling self love and confidence, both things we wish came around more often and stay longer in our lives. With us both fresh out of school and in the books studying at the time; writing, releasing and playing music helped us escape and feel unbreakable. It was like when we were away from our studies we were finally able to shine like silver and do what we were meant to do. We wanted to capture and tell the world of this feeling of invincibility and coolness that can go unseen when things just feel right. When we feel “Silver”, we stay young and people sure know it.”

The ‘Hindsight’ EP follows a succession of deeply irresistible releases from the aspiring Aussie duo. Making waves with early singles “All I Have and Whether or Not” in 2020, the band continued their winning streak with “Step Inside” and recent single “Turnaround”; both of which appear on their new EP. ‘Hindsight’ also featurea two brand new bonus tracks, the sensual slow-dance of “Forget” and the cinematic closer “For Now”.

Reflecting on the new EP, the duo of Kai Ollmann (guitars, vox) and Davy Brown (keyboards, vox) say:

“Hindsight is all too human. Often painfully, hindsight pulls the past into the now and helps one to see that looking back on even the most negative of situations can push growth and momentum. This EP is our way of returning to various scenes over the last few years, from the first time we met, and speaking to these situations, as they still run on repeat in our minds. It is a constant reminder telling us to remember exactly who we are, to trust our heads and to be passionate and happy. Most importantly we hope it does the same for all who listen.”

Written, recorded and produced by Barley Passable at their studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, additional contributions come from Callum Hulme (drums), James Christowski (production) and Zino Mikorey (mastering).

Making waves with each new release they put their name to, the ‘Hindsight’ EP consolidates Barley Passable’s retro-futuristic pop in one place and confirms them as one of 2021’s brightest emerging talents. Out today, ‘Hindsight’ it seems, is indeed a wonderful thing.



Based in Australia, Barley Passable fuse various genres to create a unique mix of old and new – melding 70s disco, 80s new wave and modern French pop. Initially making music to escape from the drudgery of their studies, finding a stimulating chemistry the pair now work with a mission statement to create chic and glossy electronica creations for the masses. Gifted with the louche ‘French Touch’ of Daft Punk or Justice, and mastering post-Funk hooks to rival the likes of Jungle and Chromeo; Barley Passable make smart and stylish pop with a world class groove.

This is by design.
This is for the masses.

This is Barley Passable.


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