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Toronto-born and LA-based BARKLEY (née Susie Yankou) has always considered herself somewhat of an outsider.
She grew up in Toronto's Greek neighborhood but never felt fully emerged in the culture —perhaps due to only being half Greek —and she was always the only girl among her brother and nine boy cousins. While she may still be a bit of an outsider - a Canadian living among the chaos of sunny Los Angeles - she is now challenging her otherness in order to make her uniquly edgy indie-pop music.
BARKLEY began writing music as a tween, but her move to LA was originally motivated by her desire to study comedy screenwriting in college. Quickly, her skill for composing pithy dialogue began to naturally influence her song craft and lyrics to become more simplistic, potent, and heartfelt. However, it was after graduation that she chose her mother’s maiden name as a moniker and became obsessed with putting her unique spin on pop music.
BARKLEY’s lyrics can be unapologetically foul-mouthed yet always honestly raw as she often writes about the dysfunctional times of her life. She’s a self-labeled cynical romantic who takes blunted aspects and gives them sentiment —a feat that only a perpetual outsider can truly emote.


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