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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 opening words we hear him sing, on the first single “Dance,” is akin to a toast: “here’s to the other side.”

Forever Overhead was recorded in two sessions in Montreal with producer Marcus Paquin (The Barr Brothers, Timber Timbre). Baker recorded thirteen songs in the Fall of 2017 and then worked on them for an additional six months by road testing the songs through a series of twenty performances in intimate space. In partnership with Side Door (a platform run by label-mate Dan Mangan which connects musicians and performance spaces), Baker performed in living rooms, a hotel room, a ski lodge, a bookstore, and the rink bar during a curling tournament.

After spending time with his new songs, Baker realized they weren’t a cohesive enough unit. To pull the album together, he wrote and recorded a handful of tunes that picked up on elements that he liked from his first recording session: the 70s style drumming of Liam O’Neill (Suuns) and Mishka Stein’s (Patrick Watson) explorative bass work.

With additional accompaniment from Ben Whiteley (The Weather Station) and Joe Grass (Patrick Watson) and backing vocals from Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), Erika Angell (Thus Owls), Kat Karberg, and Lisa Iwanycki-Moore (Blood and Glass), Forever Overhead is a blend of piano ballads with ebullient folk-rock tracks. Although the record is brushed with the qualities of 70s singer-songwriters (think Jackson Browne and Randy Newman) Baker drew inspiration from his contemporaries like Feist, Leif Vollebekk, and The Barr Brothers. The resulting organic blend of pop grooves and folk-rock is straightforward with curious undertones that provides a timeless backdrop for Baker’s vibrant lyricism.