Queens of the Breakers by The Barr Brothers on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Brad Barr sings, “The dream you dream of falling/Out of the blue, child,” on “You Would Have to Lose Your Mind,” the raw vulnerability of his voice transports us to a hospital bedside. Steady, rhythmic drumming and delicate harp even mimic the almost hypnotic hum of a hospital room. It’s a track that showcases The Barr Brothers’ masterful storytelling: sincere, soulful, and utterly immersive. Weaving tales of forgiveness and family with folk, blues, Americana, and Malian street music, each song on Queens of the Breakers is a new page to turn.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Brad Barr sings, “The dream you dream of falling/Out of the blue, child,” on “You Would Have to Lose Your Mind,” the raw vulnerability of his voice transports us to a hospital bedside. Steady, rhythmic drumming and delicate harp even mimic the almost hypnotic hum of a hospital room. It’s a track that showcases The Barr Brothers’ masterful storytelling: sincere, soulful, and utterly immersive. Weaving tales of forgiveness and family with folk, blues, Americana, and Malian street music, each song on Queens of the Breakers is a new page to turn.

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5:33
4:38
3:57
4:11
4:34
6:22
5:28
4:21
4:14
1:47
5:48

About The Barr Brothers

Built around the evocative vocals and songwriting of Brad Barr and the sturdy and studious drumming of his brother Andrew, Montreal-based Americana/folk-rock quartet the Barr Brothers were formed in 2006 after the dissolution of the siblings' avant-rock trio the Slip. Originally based out of Boston, Massachusetts, the Barrs spent the bulk of the '90s touring with the Slip before calling it quits in 2004. Upon relocating to Montreal, the duo hooked up with classically trained harpist Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial and began operating under the Barr Brothers moniker. The newly minted quartet's eponymous debut album was issued in 2011 via Secret City Records, and elicited positive reviews which helped land the group some television work, including an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. The band's sophomore long-player, Sleeping Operator, arrived in October 2014 to critical accolades eventually earning them a Juno nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. While touring North America and Europe, the Barr Brothers recorded a handful of tracks in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurösson (Björk, Sigur Rós) which were released in 2015 as the Alta Falls EP. The band's third full-length, Queens of the Breakers, arrived in October 2017 via Secret City Records. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • FORMED
    2006

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