American imports The Barr Brothers are now highly-respected members of our music scene. Their self-titled 2011 debut elicited rave international reviews, something sure to be duplicated by superb sophomore effort Sleeping Operator. The adventurous band (how many groups do you know with a classical harpist in the lineup?) skilfully integrate world music elements into their expansive folk/roots/blues sound. Members of Arcade Fire, The Luyas, Patrick Watson's band and Little Scream help flesh out the record in invigorating ways. We expect this to be a contender at the next Polaris Awards.
Currently supporting The War On Drugs in the U.S., The Barr Brothers then tour Europe extensively, followed by gigs at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall (Nov. 5) and Montreal's Metropolis (Nov. 6).