Tim Baker over for two shows in the Netherlands with "The Festival"06-02-2023
Three years after his debut album Forever Overheard, Newfoundland's Tim Baker is officially back with a record of post-pandemic anthems that call out for love and connection after a time of intense creative isolation.
The Festival finds Baker backed by choirs, harmonies, and female voices throughout the majority of its punchy choruses. Baker immediately nods to the album's title (and its closing title track) on opener, "Lucky Few," longing for belonging as he cries, "I want your heat & your sweat & your hand in my back at the festival."
There's a cyclical nature to The Festival — it's a contained universe in itself. Sitting at 10 tracks total, we're invited into Baker's workflow; writing and making songs alone at home, yearning for that human connection and shared emotion that was lost over the past two years.
Full of impressive arrangements and a sense of freedom, The Festival feels playful and experimental — a new side of Baker that feels care-free and celebratory while still tugging gracefully at the heartstrings. It is meant to be played loud — the kind of loud you want filling intimate, wood-burning rooms, surrounded by loved ones, laughing and stumbling around you in celebration.