BARST is the moniker of Bart Desmet, a man who has played in several bands over the course of the years. However, it wasn’t until he pursued his solo output that he finally felt like coming home. BARST wants to break out of the prescriptive and normative song structures, and tears down the walls between all sorts of genres, inviting the listener to create its own imaginary worlds. For this, BARST relies on a vast array of pedals, synths, samplers, drone tracks, drum computers and effects. In fact, his work has been described as a one-man transcendental atmospheric black shoegaze math noise drone orchestra.
Rather a mouthful, yet very much right on the mark. BARST truly soaks up all kinds of genres and musical styles, and shapes it in his own distinct and unique sound scapes. His practice is constantly evolving, and takes on many different, often, surprising forms. BARST’s quest is to produce some sort of transcendental aural art, in which he tries to materialize the immaterial. To reach this, he’s constantly interweaving his sounds with visuals and imagery. In time he even wants to incorporate things like taste and smell, truly ending up with a gesamtkunst that encompasses all senses. For his live performances BARST is known to invite guest musicians that share his vision, and add an extra layer to the performance. The line-up varies from show to show, which ensures that a live BARST show is always a fresh, exciting and new experience.
BARST is now touring in support of the epic album ‘The Western Lands’. To reach the massive sound achieved on the “The Western Lands”, he had the help of an amazing riches of musicians like Mike Armine (Rosetta), Dehn Sora (Treha Sektori, Sembler Deah, …), Karen Willems (Inwolves), Mathieu Mathlovsky (Mathlovsky), Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe (Empusae, Onus, …), An-Sofie De Meyer (FÄR), Tokyo Oyo and Herr Man. The album is one bold trip, encompassing ambient, drone, metal, shoegaze and electronica.
The electronic aspect is forefronted now in his live incarnation of ‘The Western Lands’. To help him translate his vision live on stage, he is backed for the occasion by Mathieu Mathlovsky (Mathlovsky), Thibaud Meiresonne-Keppens (Monnik), Tokyo Oyo and Herr Man.