Toronto singer-songwriter Matthew Barber has revealed he’s returning with a new album. Titled Phase the Moon, the record will arrive Outside Music on May 4.
The LP will mark the follow-up to 2014’s Big Romance and comes in the wake 2016’s The Family Album will sister Jill Barber.
Phase the Moon was self-produced by Matthew Barber, along with Ken Friesen (the Tragically Hip, Carly Rae Jepsen) handling the engineering.
A press release explains the following the new album:
The songs on Phase the Moon were conceived in a tiny studio apartment in the quaint Paris neighbourhood 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 existentialist reading material, served to foster a mood almost contented melancholy that seeped into the songs and runs throughout the record. This mood is at times manifested in the form a solitary searcher reflecting on what’s come before and wondering what lies ahead, and at other times through words 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 love, hope and wonderment, and a spirit embracing life in all its complexity endures.
For a taste that, you can hear the new album track “Back to You,” which has arrived a new Christopher Mills-directed video. You’ll find it below, along with the album’s tracklist and Barber’s upcoming tour dates.
Phase the Moon:
1. Grateful For The Rain
2. Phase Of The Moon
3. Hanging On The Line
4. Maybe It’s Love
5. Back To You
6. The Pathway
7. All In A Dream
8. A Living
9. The Painter
10. Take Good Care
03/02 Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
03/03 Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
03/05 Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar and Grill
03/06 Lethbridge, AB – Geomatic Attic
03/08 Calgary, AB – Marquee
03/09 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
03/10 Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
03/12 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
03/14 St. Catharines, ON - The Warehouse
03/15 London, ON – Rum Runners Music Hall
03/16 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/17 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus