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Matthew Barber is the self-titled, self-produced collection of songs that marks a winter’s worth of work from the Toronto-based singer-songwriter. By playing all the instruments as well as handling the recording and mixing duties, Barber has made somewhat of a return to his roots on this, his sixth release. “It’s the first time I’ve made a record by myself at home since the record before my first official record, if that makes sense, “ jokes Barber.

Melodic instrumental hooks weave in and out of the tastefully spare arrangements, providing an engaging musical setting for Barber’s signature vocals and neatly-packaged lyrical turns about love, lust, longing, disillusionment, injustice, hope and the modern experience.

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.

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released June 7, 2011

This album was recorded and performed by Matthew Barber at home between November 2010 and March 2011. Alexis Taylor sang the harmony on track 9. The songs were mixed by Matthew Barber at the Rogue with the exception of track 1 which was mixed at home. The record mastered by Phil Demetro at The Lacquer Channel.

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Matthew Barber Toronto, Ontario

Matthew Barber is equally at-home as a solo performer or with a band, inspired by great songwriters of the 20th-century North American folk/blues/rock’n’roll and country tradition.

On his 8th studio album, Big Romance, Barber jumped at the opportunity to have Jayhawks
frontman, and leader of the Americana movement, Gary Louris come on board.
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