Love Ain't Enough
Even the Darkness Has Arms
Come in the Water
How the Heroine Dies
Bring Me Your Love
The Bear at the Window
Please Let Me Let it Go
‘Sleeping Operator’ represents an immense creative output. The group, featuring brothers Brad on guitar/vocals and Andrew on drums, classical harpist Sarah Pagé, and pianist/bassist Andrès Vial, recorded 40 tracks in the process of making this record. The 13 songs on ‘Sleeping Operator’ are meditative and explosive, exploring the far reaches of folk laced with West African influences, hypnotic modernist pulsing and beyond. While the record extends into cinematic and other-worldly territories, it maintains a campfire-like intimacy throughout.
The album was produced by The Barr Brothers and recorded and mixed by Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt, Aimee Mann, Ray Lamontagne) in Montreal and Los Angeles. The band was joined by local neighborhood guests from Arcade Fire (Richard Reed Parry), Patrick Watson’s band, The Luyas, Bassekou Kouyate’s band and Little Scream along the way. Known for their unique orchestrations, the band used a plethora of instruments to embellish this album including a variety of horns, marimba, ngoni (West African stringed instrument), an instrument made by a fan called a cardboardium, hammered dulcimer, and pedal steel to make a sound that is sui generis.
Depuis leur premier album éponyme il y a trois ans et des tournées incessantes, The Barr Brothers se sont imposés comme l’un des groupes les plus captivants de la sphère néo-folk, n’hésitant jamais à s’aventurer dans d’autres contrées stylistiques au pont que certains critiques ont avancé le terme “progressive folk” à leur égard.
As unusual as it may seem, but Canadians can often do Americana better than the Americans themselves.
Neil Young is often cited as a huge influence on modern Americana, but grew up north of the border. The Band, too, hail from Canada, only witnessed the vistas of the American south on tour.
The Barr Brothers are thrilled to share a second track from their new LP 'Sleeping Operator'. Premiering this morning on ICI Musique, CBC Music, Paste and Clash Music, "Half Crazy" has "a stone cold groove with a menacing edge" (Clash Music).
This song, Half-Crazy, could be described as the tenacious offspring of the North African desert music of Mali/Morocco and the sweat and electricity of the Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues. That music is like a stem-cell, really open to going in many directions. On this track, we wired the harp through a dirty little amplifier. I played my early 40's Oahu lap-steel. Andrew uses a loping high-hat feel, and the electric bass pushes the whole thing. The lyrics got a nudge from our friend Nathan Moore--we're all half-crazy, half clear as a bell. explain Brad Barr from The Barr Brothers.
‘Sleeping Operator,’ will be out October 7 on Secret City Records but you can pre-order the album right now via iTunes. As of tomorrow, you will get two tracks instantly when pre-ordering the record.
The Barr Brothers recently shared a first track from the album, "Even The Darkness Has Arms", which premiered on Voir in Canada, KEXP in the United States and The Line of Best Fit in the UK. Listen below >>
The album is also available now as a preorder on iTunes, which gives you the instant download of this track, click here.
Le nouvel album du groupe montréalais The Barr Brothers sortira le 7 octobre, un mois avant un spectacle présenté au Métropolis.
Back in 2011, Montreal folk outfit the Barr Brothers earned Exclaim!'s Mark of Excellence with their self-titled debut. Now, they're ready to follow it up with their sophomore LP. Sleeping Operator arrives on October 7 through Secret City Records.
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