Monday, June 24, 2019

Premiere: New EP from Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett by Stacy Swane

Three Songs

Tom Barrett, former guitarist and vocalist for Jersey City shoegazers Overlake, is releasing a solo EP today. Barrett will be celebrating the release of the three-song Three Songs on July 9th at Pet Shop Wine Bar in Jersey City.

Like the rest of the EP, opener, "Beautiful Night," sees Barrett taking an intimate and lo-fi approach. "Nothing ever stays for long / and things are constantly changing," sings Barrett. But we shouldn't allow those concerns to keep us from enjoying beautiful moments.

Barrett shares, "It's sort of about remembering a happy moment and wanting to stay in that moment forever. I’m reliving that moment as I sing about it. It's got a slight Kurt Vile feel to me, swirling and breezy, but with less reverb and most decidedly not sung by Kurt Vile. It's also pretty percussive. Sean Kiely (who co-produced the song) even made me use a rain stick which I never would have done on my own, but he was right. It totally elevates the song. To my ears at least."

Kiely also co-produced (and played bass and drum machine on) track "The Ones You Know." Barrett recorded "I Once Believed We Were Free" on Garageband, in his basement, lying down on his couch. Everything was mastered by Tom Beaujour.

Joining Barrett for the Pet Shop show will be his band, The Cuts. The Cuts are Jamie Zillitto (The Everymen) on bass, Gabe Chiarello (Sink Tapes) on drums, and Matt Palasz on keys.

You can order Three Songs over at Tom Barrett's Bandcamp page and / or stream the EP via Apple Music or Spotify.

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