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Who is the Baker?

by Laura Barrett

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1.
Eek! 04:13
don't speak – you'll break the atmosphere unique as anybody here let's steal away some time enough to make you mine some peak – but you're no mountaineer too bleak for me to see from here let's steal away some space enough to make my case you reek of ever-climbing fear one week 'til we're in the clear let's steal away somehow before we take our bow
2.
the words you say I've heard before in a crowded place through an open door and the tone you use is an act of war you might be confused but I know the score and I won't back down or sideways no I won't give up and hide 'cause I'm just the same as always and I can't let you decide
3.
once we would freely wander the wild find our own food or we'd die why don't you give us a peek? sneak us a snack on the sly here are my friends - don't be shy oh my darling, oh my dear can you believe it would get so near? now we're on your lawn now we're in your face not the humble fawn rooted to its place
4.
who is the baker and who the roast? who feels it the most when it happens? who is the pauper and who the fool? who's on the mule when it happens? gosh darn it, consarnit, you're on the loose! bad senses don't give me anything to use who is the avalanche – who's a typhoon? who calls to the moon when it happens? who is the joker and who's a cliché? who's gonna pay when it happens?
5.
YVR 03:34
6.
everything I see reminds me of me the person that I was, the you I used to be everyplace I go, I've been before no energy to tour the same horizons oh, where I'm from, I still come! oh, where I'm from, I'm still here! the school on the hill, apartment windowsill above a pizza bar or a dry cleaners remember what it was before they tore it down whatever it is now, I'll never say it
7.
no crime in loving no sorrow in letting go though we followed every warning and we heeded every call no shame in grieving no misery in holding up though we followed every warning and we heeded every call no harm in feeling no enemy in moving on though we followed every warning and we heeded every call
8.
what happens to us in the future what brought us to this in the past what doors have we had closed forever what moments were not meant to last what happens to us in the future how can we make sure we're all right what happens to all of our free time what happened to us in the night

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Laura Barrett is back with her first solo album in eleven years. A concise, contemplative collection of eight piano and voice songs clocking in at 33 minutes, Who Is The Baker? finds Barrett at her slowest, most minimalist and wistful; it’s the perfect soundtrack to city strolls and foil for the hectic pace of daily life.

On Who Is The Baker?, Barrett plays not one but four pianos: Union Sound’s fabled grand on mischievously pastoral “The Humble Fawn,” which first appeared on 2011’s National Parks Project, and frenetic, angular instrumental “YVR,” commissioned for Vancouver’s PuSh Festival by Veda Hille; an upright in a now-defunct east end studio on gritty piano and synth-pop gem “Just The Same As Always” (featuring Dana Snell on drums); Barrett’s own childhood piano on whimsical “What Happens To Us In The Future”; and Don Kerr’s Rooster studio piano on everything else. For the first time, Barrett self-produced, enlisting superstar L. Stu Young (Prince) to mix and master.

Barrett’s voice is perfectly unvarnished as she explores her relationships with people (“Eek!”), Toronto (“Where I’m From”) and grief and loss (the Elizabethan “No Crime In Loving,” featuring Karen Ng on clarinet and flute and Barrett on autoharp) as well as quirkily framed old riddles (“Who Is The Baker?”).

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released July 26, 2019

Laura Barrett on four pianos, lead and harmony vocals, synthesizer, bass, kalimba, autoharp
Dana Snell on drums (2), and singing with
Emma McShane, Jeff DeButte, and Ievy Stamatov in the Perfection Chorus (3)
Karen Ng on clarinet and flute (7)

Recorded by Don Kerr (1, 4, 6, 7), Scott McCannell (2), Leon Taheny (3, 5, 7), José Miguel Contreras (3), Matt Beckett (3), Christopher Sandes (3, 7), and Laura Barrett (8)
Mixed and mastered by L. Stu Young
Additional mixing by Caleb Stull (2) and José Miguel Contreras (3)

Album artwork by Paterson Hodgson

With thanks to Caroline Barrett, Stephen Rosenbaum, Lia Maston, Dana Snell, Aaron Hanson, Alysha Haugen, Robin Hatch, Owen Pallett, Rollie Pemberton, Mark Hamilton, and Dan Tahmizian

In loving memory of Gwyneth Hilary Barrett

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Laura Barrett Toronto, Ontario

Laura Barrett’s music is equally at home in concert halls, cinemas, and playhouses (when they're all open again).

She's released two albums and three EPs, scored three feature films, and provided musical underscoring for many an episode of long-form narrative improv comedy. She likes to ask questions about what humanity is up to and where we're headed.
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