The Barr Brothers Reveal Sophomore LP 'Sleeping Operator'
The album was self-produced by the Barr Brothers, with recording and mixing handled by Ryan Freeland (the Rolling Stones, Billy Bragg). Sessions took place in Montreal and Los Angeles, with contributors including Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, the Luyas, Little Scream, Patrick Watson's band and more. The diverse arrangements include instruments like horns, marimba, hammered dulcimer, pedal steel, a fan-made instrument called a cardboardium, and an African instrument called a ngoni.
The 13 tracks were selected from more than 40 songs that the band recorded during the album-making process. According to a press release, the songs are "meditative and explosive, exploring the far reaches of folk laced with West African influences, hypnotic modernist pulsing and beyond." It's said to be intimate despite its ambitious scope.
Scroll past the tracklist below to see the band's tour schedule. It includes a few Ontario festival dates this summer and some Quebec stops in the fall. These are interspersed between U.S. legs and European jaunts.
At the bottom of the page, watch a short trailer for Sleeping Operator.
Read our October 2014 cover story on the Barr Brothers here.
1. Static Orphans
2. Love Ain't Enough
4. Even the Darkness Has Arms
5. Come in the Water
6. Little Lover
7. How the Heroine Dies
9. Half Crazy
10. Bring Me Your Love
12. The Bear at the Window
13. Please Let Me Let it Go
06/15 Brooklyn, NY -†Rough Trade NYC (Northside Festival) #
06/20 Toronto, ON -†Massey Hall (NXNE) *†
07/05 Orillia, ON - Mariposa Folk Festival
07/06 Orillia, ON - Mariposa Folk Festival
07/18 Barnstaple, UK -†Somersault Festival
07/19 Salisbury, UK -†Larmer Tree Festival
07/20 Munich, DE - Olympiapark
07/21 Stuttgart, DE - Jugendhaus Feuerbach
07/22 WŁrzburg, DE -†Uni WŁrzburg
07/23 Mannheim, DE - Marktplatz Mannheim
08/01 Happy Valley, OR -†Pickathon
08/03 Happy Valley, OR -†Pickathon
08/23 Burlington, VT -†WYSIWYG Farm, Food, Music & Art Festival
08/24 Burlington, VT -†WYSIWYG Farm, Food, Music & Art Festival
08/29 Salisbury, UK††-†End of the Road Festival
08/30 Salisbury, UK††-†End of the Road Festival
08/31 Salisbury, UK††-†End of the Road Festival
09/05 Berlin, DE -†First We Take Berlin
09/27 Santa Monica, CA -†Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder ^
11/06 Montreal, QC -†Metropolis %
11/07 Sherbrooke, QC -†Theatre Granada %†
11/08 Quebec, QC -†Imperial de Quebec %†
11/14 Chicago, IL -†Empty Bottle†
11/15 Minneapolis, MN -†Cedar Cultural Center†
11/22 Cambridge, MA -†The Sinclair †
# with Swaai Boys
* with Spiritualized
^ with Jackson Browne
% with Bahamas
NewsApr 24, 2015
Carly Dow Maps Out Canadian Tour, Premieres New Video
Manitoba singer-songwriter Carly Dow is gearing up for the release of her debut album Ingrained, and she's just announced that she'll be hit...
NewsApr 24, 2015
Great Lake Swimmers Discuss the Cavernous Journey to 'A Forest of Arms'
Tony Dekker was surrounded by darkness, and his voice echoed into those endlessly inky depths, but the Great Lake Swimmers' frontman was una...
NewsApr 23, 2015
Ryan Adams Treats 'Heartbreaker' to Reissue
For Record Store Day, Ryan Adams released a 7-inch with a couple of outtakes from his classic 2000 solo debut Heartbreaker. As we now know, ...
NewsApr 23, 2015
Matt Epp Announces 'Ready in Time' LP, Shares Title Track
Back in the fall, Winnipeg folkie Matt Epp released his Luma EP and declared it "the beginning of a new era" in his career. Now, he's pressi...