Photo © Pete Merriman

The Barr Brothers have been a bit quiet finishing up some music in the studio and today they have revealed some details about their sophomore album. It’s called Sleeping Operator and it’s due out October 7th on Secret City Records. Along with a trailer for the upcoming album (seen below), the band released a set of tour dates to coincide with some already announced appearances (like at Way Over Yonder).

The album was produced by The Barr Brothers and recorded and mixed by Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt, Aimee Mann, Ray Lamontagne) in Montreal and Los Angeles. The band was joined by local neighborhood guests from Arcade Fire (Richard Reed Parry), Patrick Watson’s band, The Luyas, Bassekou Kouyate’s band and Little Scream along the way. Known for their unique orchestrations, the band used a plethora of instruments to embellish this album including a variety of horns, marimba, ngoni (West African stringed instrument), an instrument made by a fan called a cardboardium, hammered dulcimer, and pedal steel to make a sound that is sui generis.

The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator (Teaser)

06/15/14 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC (Northside Festival) #
06/20/14 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall (NXNE) *
07/05/14 Orillia, ON – Mariposa Folk Festival
07/06/14 Orillia, ON – Mariposa Folk Festival
07/18/14 Barnstaple, UK – Somersault Festival
07/19/14 Salisbury, UK – Larmer Tree Festival
07/20/14 Munich, DE – Olympiapark Free
07/21/14 Stuttgart, DE – Jugendhaus Feuerbach Free
07/22/14 Würzburg, DE – Uni Würzburg Free
07/23/14 Mannheim, DE – Marktplatz Mannheim Free
08/01/14 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/03/14 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/23/14 Burlington, VT – WYSIWYG Farm, Food, Music & Art Festival
08/24/14 Burlington, VT – WYSIWYG Farm, Food, Music & Art Festival
08/29/14 Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
08/30/14 Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
08/31/14 Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
09/05/14 Berlin, DE – First We Take Berlin
09/27/14 Santa Monica, CA – Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder ±
11/06/14 Montreal, QC – Metropolis %
11/07/14 Sherbrooke, QC – Theatre Granada %
11/08/14 Quebec, QC – Imperial de Quebec %
11/14/14 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11/15/14 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
11/19/14 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
11/22/14 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

# – w/Swaai Boys
* – w/Spiritualized
± – w/Jackson Browne
% – w/Bahamas