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Friday, January 8, 2016

Premiere: Perhapsy's "All My Soul Swallowed" Will Get Stuck in Your Head Because it's That Catchy

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Derek Barber's one-man band Perhapsy has graced us with the first track off its upcoming sophomore album, Me Tie Dough-ty Walker. "All My Soul Swallowed" is an upbeat, experimental pop dittie that is rather catchy, despite the not-so-happy subject matter. Listen closely and you'll discover that the song is actually about the death of a friendship (not to be confused with the death of a friend....that's a whole different story). "It's about all the time and effort you've put into that friendship and realizing that sometimes it's not reciprocated, even if they are someone you consider a close friend," says Barber, who aims to write his lyrics and music "as stream of consciousness as possible." "I try not to think about what it means until later," he says. 

Barber, who is also the guitarist for Oakland bands Bells Atlas and Astronauts, etc., started Perhapsy while studying jazz guitar in Michigan. Frustrated with the monotony of playing traditional jazz, Barber and a few of his friends decided to try something new for fun. "I just had a lot of stuff I wanted to do," he says, "and I got kind of excited about [Perhapsy]." 

The band originally played only instrumental music. This was largely due to the fact that Barber thought he couldn't sing and was too embarrassed to even try. "I had friends who told me I shouldn't sing because I couldn't do it, so I was never comfortable with it," he says. "I had a lot of hangups about hearing my voice and singing live." 

In the last few years, Barber has slowly gained the confidence to start using his voice. He credits his new-found bravado to a sort of "fuck it attitude" that he's since developed. Perhapsy's upcoming album, Me Tie Dough-ty Walker, which drops late February, marks Barber's first attempt at singing on a recorded project. 

"It's a big deal for me," he says. "I don't have proper technique — I just sing — but I'm realizing that's okay, too."

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