Hope Is Rubbery

by Sophie Burbery

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‘Hope is Rubbery’ - Sophie Burbery and Little Bark

"…the love-child of an unholy coupling between Cyndi Lauper and the Pet Shop Boys.”

CD of the week, Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times

“Curious, fantastical songs, like falling through clouds.”

Nick Bollinger, Radio New Zealand

“One CD covers five songs of one persona, Little Bark, in an unashamed nod to 80s synth pop. The other, under her own name, is lyrically driven indie-pop.”

Dominion Post

"Little Bark - aka Sophie Burbery - creates upbeat, 80s-esque electro-pop reminiscent of Lykke Li, but perhaps even quirkier.”


“What I liked about the album was the confidence - from when I first heard it I knew I was listening to an artist prepared to take risks, prepared to polarise.”

Simon Sweetman, Blog on the Tracks

Hope is Rubbery is a double album by artist Sophie Burbery, who has two distinct musical personas (Sophie Burbery and Little Bark). Each side of the album tells a different story, in a different style.

Little Bark is Sophie’s superhero alter-ego. She gained her powers from a terrible accident with an exploding mirror ball. With the aid of magical forest creatures, in a radioactive wilderness, she learned to harness them. If you want to party then this strange, sylvan, creature is your friend. New Zealand Musician described Little Bark as “deliciously poppy and sugary sweet, catchy hooks are in abundance, making the beats of these tracks instantly infectious.”

The second persona is Sophie Burbery, the Lois Lane to Little Bark. Sophie Burbery’s songs were described by Nick Bollinger as “vaporous and ethereal, taking you on a journey through rootlessness and transformation.” The Sophie Burbery side shows a more reflective and personal approach to songwriting. The result is a dreamy, expressive set of songs.

Little Bark was co-produced with Conrad Wedde of The Phoenix Foundation, and mixed by Lee Prebble (award-winning engineer and producer) in Wellington.
Dale Cotton recorded the Sophie Burbery album in Dunedin with assistance from Robert Scott (The Bats, The Clean) and Tristan Dingemans (HDU, Mountain Eater).

For more information contact:
Sophie Burbery, littlebark1@gmail.com +64 21 383 429

Album available for purchase on bandcamp.com, itunes, amplifier.co.nz and smokecds.com


released October 1, 2010

DOWNLOAD THE LITTLE BARK HALF OF 'HOPE IS RUBBERY' HERE: littlebark.bandcamp.com/album/hope-is-rubbery-2

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dale Cotton at Audio Workshop, Dunedin in April 2010.
Produced by Dale Cotton and Sophie Burbery

All songs written by Sophie Burbery
Sophie Burbery: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer
Bob Scott: Bass
Rob Falconer: Drums & Percussion
Tristan Dingemans: Lead Guitar ‘Diamonds for Eyes’ & ‘In the Forest’
Dale Cotton: Guitar ‘Hold My Hand’, Bells ‘Hold My Hand’, Piano ‘Milk’, Synthesizer ‘You, Your Heart’, Beats & Bass ‘Fantasy’
Ryan Prebble (Wellington): Additional Recording Engineer for Vocals for ‘Diamonds for Eyes’, BV’s ‘Forest’, Guitars & Percussion ‘You, Your Heart’
Sean O’Brien: Knee Slaps ‘You, Your Heart’
Tane Elvis Cotton, Nimuë & Haleia Dingemans: Additional Vocals ‘You, Your Heart’
Geva Downey: Saw ‘Fantasy’

Artwork - Mica Still (www.micastill.com)
Photography and album design - John Lake (www.johnlake.co.nz)



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Hope is Rubbery is a double album by artist Sophie Burbery, who has two distinct musical personas (Sophie Burbery and Little Bark). Each side of the album tells a different story, in a different style.

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