Carl Barat moves on with solo album, fatherhood

Tue Sep 7, 2010 10:52am EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) - Carl Barat is a busy but a happy man these days.

The British singer and guitarist, who is about to become a father, will release his self-titled debut solo album on October 4.

There is also a book of memoirs out on September 30, and icing on the cake, Barat reunited with his former Libertines bandmates and fellow frontman Pete Doherty for two triumphant and highly emotional gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals last month.

Barat told Reuters in an interview he was in favor of a third Libertines album following the comeback gigs but that right now his agenda was: "My album, my tour and my baby."

"I am very happy, nervous and excited. It's time for a change. It's time to move on," the 32-year old Barat said, as he confirmed he would have a boy in December.

Barat was in Paris to promote his 10-track solo album that also features collaborations with musicians like The Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon or Andrew Wyatt of Swedish electro-pop band Miike Snow.

Looking fit in a striped T-shirt, black leather jacket and jeans, Barat described the album as "truthful and cathartic" and a clear step away from his past work with the Libertines or Dirty Pretty Things, the band he split with in 2008 to try his hand at acting and work on solo material.

"Take away the guitars and you can see things, it's the first time I had the confidence to take away the guitars," he said.   Continued...

<p>Carl Barat of Britain's Dirty Pretty Things performs on stage during their concert at the Rock-en-Seine Festival in Saint-Cloud near Paris, August 28, 2008. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>