Tim Baker – best known as the frontman of the much-acclaimed Newfoundland group, Hey Rosetta! – will perform in support of his upcoming solo album, Forever Overhead, available April 19, at Holy Heart Theatre in St. John’s on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Special guest is Charlotte Cornfield.
At the end of 2017, 12 years after their inception, Hey Rosetta!, went on hiatus, after selling 10,000 tickets to five farewell shows. For Baker, the band’s principal songwriter and lead vocalist, this was the start of a new chapter.
On his debut solo album Forever Overhead, Baker warmly welcomes you to it. The first words we hear him sing, on the first single “Dance,” is akin to a toast: “here’s to the other side.” What follows are 11 songs that centre on kinship and show that Baker’s sharp songwriting, the heart of Hey Rosetta!, is as affecting as ever.
When crafting the album, Baker drew from 70s songwriters, like Jackson Browne and Randy Newman, whose music filled his childhood home and from his contemporaries (Feist, Leif Vollebekk, The Barr Brothers). Produced by Marcus Paquin (The National, Local Natives), Forever Overhead blends piano ballads with ebullient folk-rock tracks featuring Liam O’Neill (Suuns), Ben Whiteley (The Weather Station), as well as Mishka Stein & Joe Grass (Patrick Watson).
In the album’s opening track “Dance,” Baker moves alongside soft piano chords as buoyant, 70s pop style instrumentation and a piercing guitar riff steadily build, bolstering his words of longing. He sings of connectivity and the tender emotions that are coupled with glances across a gym’s confetti-lined linoleum floor, the air thick with potential. Like Forever Overhead as a whole, Baker brings beauty and hope into listeners’ lives.
Every ticket sold for Tim Baker’s Forever Overhead tour will include a digital download of his forthcoming album, Forever Overhead. The album will be redeemed via a promo code after April 19th MusicRedemptions.com
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