Andrew James Barker lives and dreams in Toronto, working as a singer-songwriter, organ tuner, teacher, and as a member of the folk-rock ensemble Bruce Peninsula. His projects combine the eyes and hands of a craftsman with the ears of a critic; weaving together dark tales of lunar prophesies, unquenchable desires and cruel fates written in the remnants of tea leaves. His songs rest like novels on a dusty bookshelf, patiently waiting to be discovered by fellow wanderers in search of wisdom.
After several releases as the Lake Vernon Drowning, Barker’s latest record Low Moon is fittingly adorned with his given name. Stripped down to the absolute bare necessities of song, each piece relates the raw, unfiltered testimony of a flawed yet joyful soul. His compositions are at once rough and intimate, expertly rendered and loosely thread, evoking the hypnotic yarns of Cass McCombs, the genreless gumbos of Jim O’rourke and the whispered revelations of Elliott Smith. Like the titular sphere that hangs low on the horizon, Barker’s Moon struggles to reflect the light of our better nature by giving voice to the darkness within.
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