Matthew Barber goes it alone with stunning results on sixth long-player.

Matthew Barber's new, self-titled album is a collection of self-produced songs resulting from a winter's worth of work in his ramshackle basement home studio. Matthew Barber sees the Toronto-based singer-songwriter returning to his roots by playing all of the instruments as well as handling the the recording and mixing duties. The album will be available digitally on May 31st from iTunes Canada with a physical release to follow on June 7th. Matthew will be touring Canada in support of the album (confirmed dates below).

Download one of the album's stand-out tracks "Ring Upon Your Finger" here.

Matthew Barber’s passion for the throwback sounds of the late 60’s and early 70’s is again clearly evident on this record, which was captured entirely on an analog 8-track machine. “I read Keith Richards’ autobiography as I was beginning the recording process and I was excited by his statement that 8-track was his preferred format for recording,” says Barber. “It forces you to make choices as you go along and keep the arrangements lean, which suited the sort of record I wanted to make. I also got an iPhone around that time and the only album I had on it for months was Beggar’s Banquet, which became a reference point sonically.”
Astute listeners will surely notice nods to 20th century masters like The Beatles, The Stones, Dylan, The Band and Paul Simon – but the voice at the heart of each song – both as songwriter and singer – is singularly Matthew Barber. “The heart of the record is about being in a long-term relationship, trying to make sense of all that goes along with your life becoming more deeply entwined with that of another person and how that influences both your outlook on the world and your understanding of yourself.”

Matthew Barber Tour Dates with Oh Susanna
June 6 - Winnipeg @ The Park Theatre
June 7 - Saskatoon @ Amigos
June 8 - Edmonton @ The Pawn Shop
June 9 - Calgary @ The Palamino
June 11 - Vancouver @ The Biltmore Cabaret
June 20 - Halifax @ The Carleton
June 24 - Toronto @ The Great Hall |