At the end of 2017, twelve years after their inception, the multi-award winning band, Hey Rosetta! went on hiatus, after selling 10,000 tickets to five farewell shows. For the band’s principal songwriter and lead vocalist Tim Baker, 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 eleven 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.
Tim’s new track: “All Hands”, is the second single from Forever Overhead:
This is a song about my past, and about growing up in the west end of St. John’s - a place and a time I’ve thought about more than ever now that I’ve moved away. Now more than ever too, I’ve been really into making songs that are personally significant to me. So slowly this chorus I couldn’t stop singing grew into a sort of nostalgic anthem - about going back home, and back to the past, if not in life, then at least in death. I guess it's a song of homesickness (and youth-sickness) on my part, and perhaps to a degree I was thinking of the Newfoundland diaspora at large (or any diaspora really, of which you encounter many here in Toronto). But it ends up celebratory - sort of revelling in the fact that there is this place that is an inescapable part of me, along with all the people there that i’ve loved and learned from and been shaped by. And it feels like an inescapable part of your past must inevitably be part of your future as well. One of my favourite things is when a reason for despair turns out to also be a reason for celebration, almost simultaneously. It feels good to sing.
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