On April 14, Outside Music released Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Barber’s album Ghost Notes. Recently Ghost Notes was nominated for Juno’s Best Roots/Traditional Solo Album.
The Ottawa Express raves, “…Barber writes tunes as pure and natural as the raging, bruised carnal sentiments that drive them. Although his voice is mellow gold, his congenial melodies are sharp.” On May 13, Barber will perform at Brooklyn’s Union Hall opening up for Jill Sobule.
“And You Give”:[youtube 0nXG2bf3pbs nolink]
Recorded and produced by Barber over six days at Bathouse Studio in Ontario, the songs on Ghost Notes were cut mainly live-off-the-floor and entirely to analog tape. Of the recording Barber states, “The Bathouse is a clubhouse style studio set in an old manor overlooking Lake Ontario, about a half hour from Kingston. We all lived in it for a week and barely left it. The arrangements had mostly been worked on ahead of time during various demo stages in the year or so prior to recording. Some tunes like “And You Give,” however, turned out unlike anything I had imagined going into the studio.” Barber continues, “I wanted the songs to hang together in a loose story of two lovers, from the perspective of one of them. While there are serious moments on the album and a feeling of emotional conflict, I feel as though it is ultimately hopeful, and ends on an uplifting note with “Our Voices.”
“Easily Bruised” MP3: