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Sleeping Operator

‘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.

November 20, 2014

The Barr Brothers on The Late Show with David Letterman

November 19, 2014

Tonight! The Barr Brothers perform on The Late Show with David Letterman

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.'

October 18, 2014

The Barr Brothers on CBS This Morning

Click below to watch "Even The Darkness Has Arms"

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October 15, 2014

Album review by Consequence of Sound - The Barr Brothers

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.

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October 13, 2014

Album Review by The Concordian - The Barr Brothers

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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October 08, 2014

Album of the Day BBC Radio - The Barr Brothers

October 08, 2014

Elle Quebec Album review - The Barr Brothers

October 08, 2014

Q&A with Clin d’Oeil - The Barr Brothers

October 08, 2014

The Gazette Interview - The Barr Brothers

An abundance of unlikely fusions, like pairing banjo and harp or blues rocking with the West African stringed ngoni, nearly slipped Sleeping Operator from their tight grasp. Even the album’s abandoned conceit – an accompaniment to the 1982 Jim Henson movie The Dark Crystal – proved unrealistically ambitious.

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October 07, 2014

The Barr Brothers perform "Love Ain't Enough" on CBC Radio "Q"

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