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.
Their sound is in the adjacency of polyrhythmic drums, delicate accents, and sprawling guitars -- a melange that would swamp less capable groups.
“I’m open to whatever anyone wants to call it,” he says. “I have a hard enough time describing it to anybody; I welcome any categorization that anyone has. But at the same time, I also plan on trying to obliterate that categorization.”
Tune in to The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on CBS to see The Barr Brothers perform "Even The Darkness Has Arms" from their newly-released sophomore album 'Sleeping Operator.'
Listen to the full session to hear more from the Barr Brothers, including how a fire at a gig led to their relocation to Montreal, and their thoughts on why the harp is a blues and rock 'n' roll instrument.
"...the Barr Brothers clearly have caught the spirit of the legendary 1967 “Basement” recordings, for this Montreal quartet explores the same no-man’s land between sense and nonsense, front-porch picking and garage-rock."
Click below to watch "Even The Darkness Has Arms"
Brothers Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Page, and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial have crafted a transcendental album that nosedives right into your dreams. Xylophone notes patter through the opening track into “Love Ain’t Enough”, a soaring welcome that uses a three-note progression like a back-and-forth rallying call.
The album is like an oversized knit sweater during the month of October: it’s cozy, comfortable, and exactly what you need.
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