2017Daniel Romano w/ Buffalo Motel, David Barbe and Inward Dream Ebb
JuneDoors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10adv/ $12
Apt in its title, MODERN PRESSURE will surely prove to be his most explorative endeavour to date. The twelve tracks pick up where 2016's critically celebrated MOSEY left off, boldly asking, "What age is this? What blooming weight do we carry through these stolen streets?" Written in observational scrutiny beneath the overcast atmosphere of 2016, the record vigorously tackles the present-day heaviness we contain in the jotting bones of our guilty expressions. It pleads for the restoration of empathy and resonance, to fill the empty chamber once again.
The recording phase for MODERN PRESSURE took place in a minimalistic cabin in secluded Finnsäs, Sweden over the month of August 2016 (with additional string and horn players being added at Baldwin Street Sound in Toronto, ON in October, 2016). Engineered by long-time collaborator Kenneth Meehan, the fevered pace of work lent itself to the unrestrained and undeviated nature of the songs themselves.
"10th of Seas" marks a departure for Barbe in that he performed and recorded the entire thing by himself, playing all the instruments, all recorded to analog tape at Chase Park Transduction.
"I wanted this record to be as close to the original source of inspiration as possible," Barbe says. "I tried recording some of the songs with other people involved a few times, and it was better in some ways, but always seemed something was lost in translation. The communication became less personal. I felt like the emotional gravy is the glue, so I reverted to working like I did when I was teenager making 4-tracks. Working fast. More feeling it. Less over-thinking it."
Album highlights include: "Portuguese Door," slippery and melodically complex, and the opening burst of "Dim Bulbs," the lyrics of which contain the album's title. "10th of Seas" is a reference to exploring the outer reaches of one's mind.
Barbe says: "The phrase 'sailing the seven seas' did not mean just crossing the known bodies of water, but to go around the world and back. To sail across the 10th of Seas would indicate traversing through the unknown, to have seen it all, and then some."
Barbe will tour America this summer and fall in support of the album backed by Inward Dream Ebb, the alter ego of Athens-based psych-rockers New Madrid, with whom Barbe has produced several albums