Barzin 'Notes To An Absent Lover' CD, vinyl and digital album (2009) Mono-35
Canadian singer/songwriter Barzin's third album, released in February, 2009 on Monotreme Records.
Comes with free instant digital download in a choice of formats.
Very limited vinyl stocks available: 180 gm black vinyl with colour printed inner sleeve and a free album CD in a printed card wallet included inside. Lacquers cut by Stan Ricker.
- Mojo Magazine 'Americana Album of the Month'
- "When It Falls Apart" selected as a finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition
-"Stayed Too Long In This Place" selected as a semi-finalist the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category of the International Songwriting Competition
Watch the video for 'Nobody Told Me', directed by Brian Harrington:
About 'Notes To An Absent Lover':
Reflecting the highs and lows experienced by the human heart in the aftermath of a break-up, Barzin's third album, ‘Notes To An Absent Lover’, balances the introspection of his earlier work with up-tempo orchestral arrangements that provide a richly melodic heartbeat to these glowing confessionals.
Personal but never indulgent, the raw honesty of the lyrics details universal themes of sorrow, regret and anger, evoking all the vulnerability and shifting emotions of a failed relationship. From the gentle, grieving steel guitar of 'Soft Summer Girls' to the defiantly aggressive drumbeats of 'Look What Love Has Turned Us Into', 'Notes To An Absent Lover' brings new textures and colours to Barzin's palette.
In addition to Karen Graves' string arrangements, splashes of vibraphone, pedal steel and banjo surface amid the traditional guitars, bass and drums. In harmony with the sentiment guiding them, the musicians display a graceful empathy while Barzin's voice and words take centre stage. Just as the lyrics eschew symbolism in favour of candour, gone too is the sonic experimentation employed in 2006's ‘My Life In Rooms’, replaced with a more direct style of music and a greater ‘pop’ sensibility.
‘Notes To An Absent Lover’ was recorded by Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith) and Jeremy Darby (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed), and mixed by Chad Irschick and Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, The New Pornographers). The LP version of the album is on 180 gm audiophile vinyl and comes with a free promo CD of the album in a full-colour printed card wallet.
Vinyl pressing of 500 on 180 gm black vinyl with colour printed inner sleeve. Includes a free album CD in a printed card wallet inside. Instant digital download in a choice of formats.
- Nobody Told Me
- Words Tangled In Blue
- Soft Summer Girls
- Queen Jane
- When It Falls Apart
- Stayed Too Long In This Place
- Look What Love Has Turned Us Into
- The Dream Song