Toronto, ON – Phase Of The Moon is the new stirring and soulful offering from Toronto singer-songwriter Matthew Barber on the Outside Music label. Following his Gary Louris-produced Big Romance (2014) and Juno-nominated collaboration with sister Jill on The Family Album (2016), Phase Of The Moonmarks Barber’s confident return to producing himself, with veteran Ken Friesen (The Tragically Hip, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gordon Lightfoot)handling the engineering duties.
Today, Matthew shares the first single from Phase Of The Moon, the haunting track “Back To You” Listen Here.
The video for “Back To You” was directed by multi-award winning creative force and 2018 Juno Award nominee, Christopher Mills (Metric, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Blue Rodeo); beautifully conveying the mood and capturing the true essence of the song.
Christopher Mills on “Back To You” video:
"Back To You" is a song about strong, commitment to LOVE during a time of isolation. The video isolates MATTHEW BARBER in a cold, crisp landscape surrounded by churning waters, and rivers that lead outwards from a bleak suburban landscape. We used drones to create a churning, perpetually moving portrait of MATTHEW, and find the song's emotional power in the beauty of moving water, which, at the song's extended conclusion, appears to be choreographed with the powerful and uplifting orchestration of this heavy duty tune.
This was a fairly simple, and straightforward approach to try to capture MATTHEW'S feelings, and place them into familiar landscapes, as our images breathe, jitter, and swoop around him, as he makes his way BACK TO YOU.
WATCH VIDEO FOR “BACK TO YOU” HERE
The songs on Phase Of The Moon were conceived in a tiny studio apartment in the quaint Paris neighbourhood of Montmartre where Matthew and his wife spent a month in early 2017. It came with a small upright piano and had thin walls, which could explain why piano songs sung in deeper, hushed tones feature prominently on the record. The winter sojourn in Europe provided a welcome respite from the all-consuming media madness back home, and coupled with a steady diet of existentialist reading material, served to foster a mood of almost contented melancholy that seeped into the songs and runs throughout the record. This mood is at times manifested in the form of a solitary searcher reflecting on what’s come before and wondering what lies ahead, and at other times through words of support addressed to a concerned partner that reveal a commensurate plea for reassurance that everything’s going to be ok. The quiet storm is punctuated by necessary and at times exuberant affirmations of love, hope and wonderment, and a spirit of embracing life in all its complexity endures.
“‘The Painter’ was written after a moving visit to a nearby art museum,” says Barber. “‘Hanging On The Line‘ begins as a paean to modest values and morphs into a loose commentary on our wayward modern civilization. The title track ‘Phase Of The Moon’ is probably the most personal song on the record about the struggle to overcome setbacks beyond our control. ‘All In A Dream’is how I sometimes feel when I’m traveling, putting reality on hold for a little while.”
The performances that make up the record were captured over three days in the historic Almonte Town Hall in eastern Ontario, with its ghosts, high ceilings and Steinway grand piano setting the scene for the recording. Starting with the solo vocal and piano or vocal and guitar as the centre, the tracks were built outwards and took on different shapes as other instruments were added at Friesen’s studio in Almonte, as well as back in Toronto where the exquisite string parts were arranged and performed by Drew Jurecka. The record was thoughtfully mixed by Darryl Neudorf (Blue Rodeo, Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan) at his barn in Mono, Ontario, and the album art was created by Toronto artist Heather Goodchild.
Barber is a two-time Juno nominee, has sold over 100 thousand albums worldwide, 10 million streams and earned countless praise for his work. A tireless road warrior, Matthew will treat audiences pre-album release selections when he hits the road this March in support of The White Buffalo. Dates listed below.
Phase Of The Moon will be available on LP, CD and all digital platforms May 4th, 2018. Pre-order HEREON TOUR:
Victoria BC Capital Ballroom March 2, 2018
Vancouver BC The Imperial March 3, 2018
Red Deer AB Bo’s Bar and Grill March 5, 2018
Lethbridge AB Geomatic Attic March 6, 2018
Calgary AB Marquee March 8, 2018
Edmonton AB Starlite Room March 9, 2018
Saskatoon SK Capitol Music Club March 10, 2018
Winnipeg MB Garrick Centre March 12, 2018
St. Catharines ON The Warehouse March 14, 2018
London ON Rum Runners Music Hall March 15, 2018
Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre March 16, 2018
Montreal QC Cafe Campus March 17, 2018