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Monique Barry takes her music dancing with her latest single
(Fifth Single)

Listen to ‘Dance’

Dance, it is said, is the hidden language of the soul, but Monique Barry has given it a new linguistic identity by becoming the voice of dance itself. It all happens in her newest single, which, appropriately enough, is called ‘Dance’. It’s the fifth and latest in a series of singles by Monique that’s slated to culminate in a completed album entitled HAAK.

From single to single, Monique has been exploring the journey from innocence into experience, building on the theme with each song. She enters this new chapter of her musical search by singing in a soothing foxtrot lilt, with the vocal narrative set a dance club where her protagonist goes to escape a failing romance. There the atmosphere of comfortable chaos with “no cares at all” is highlighted by crisp percussion, music box twinkling (played on a celeste and serving as the voice of disco mirror balls), and synthesizer tones that hover and soar. Gradually as the hunger for escape evolves into a search for order and safety, Monique lifts the lyrics to the next level with her moody, waltzing delivery, and the music gathers into a whirling cloud of sound, suggesting both safety and release, shadow and light.

Dance’ will be released on November 15, 2018.

Hailed for her “hypnotic mystique” (eye magazine) and “dynamic vocal range” (The Independent Weekly), Monique Barry has consistently demonstrated a willingness to experiment with musical forms and the aesthetic knowhow to back up her creative instincts. Her previous albums—Moody (1998), Tripping (2003), Carbon (2009, and Wake (2013)—have established a critically appreciated affinity for musical dynamism and innovation. Always drawing on a wide range of experiential and cultural influences, Monique’s inspiration for ‘Dance’ evolved from a section of Joseph Boyden’s novel ‘Through Black Spruce’ in which a DJ plays mainstream dance music with native rhythms mixed in as a way of communicating.

Also making musical waves on ‘Dance’ are some of Monique’s most trusted and vibrant collaborators: Marc Merilainen on guitar, Alisdair Jones on bass, Emma Campbell on vocals and Michael Philip Wojewoda, co-producer, drums and mix.

Contact Monique at mo@moniquebarry.com

UPCOMING SHOWS
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2018
The Painted Lady
Dance Single Release
with Emma Campbell
Toronto, ON
7:00 p.m.  Sharp!
PWYC

Friday,  Nov. 16th, 2018
The Garnet
Dance Single Release
Peterborough, ON

with The Real Shade
9 p.m
PWYC

Sunday,  Nov. 18th, 2018
Bar Robo
Dance Single Release
Ottawa, ON

8 p.m
PWYC

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Monique Barry Sees The Music With New Eyes
(Fourth Single)

Listen to ‘New Eyes’

When a musical project is described as a work in progress, the assumption is that it’s too soon for audience presentation. But singer-songwriter Monique Barry has always charted her own maps and methods for creating and introducing new music to her listeners.

Monique is presenting her not yet completed new album, HAAK to the public as an intriguing series of singles, the first three previously released upon the completion of each: ‘Open Road’, ‘Freedom’, and ‘High as a Kite’. Now the entertainingly intense fourth, New Eyes, will receive its radio release (April 16, 2018).

Following the thematic thrust of the earlier singles, New Eyes adds its own rushing narrative to the album’s ongoing exploration of the journey from innocence into experience—in this case a long, struggling moment where “where joy and pain peacefully unite.” In this fourth piece of the evolving album’s soundscaping portrait, we’re given a glimpse of a world recently discovered and seen with new emotional jeopardy and excitement. Pure love leads to pure pain—and where pleasure is absolute, so is the accompanying suffering.

Rich with rhythm, entrancing flourishes, and ominous emotional signals, New Eyes is Monique’s riveting take on Krautrock. Like a dance of love ripping through a burning building, the new single is ambient but aggressive, experimental yet traditional. Riding on a rhythm that throbs, smacks, and strums all at the same time, New Eyes combines the pounding nocturnal attack of Marianne Faithfull’s time-honoured Broken English with the wide-eyed curiosity and bravado of a contemporary Lene Lovich. As spidery hooks creep in, cloudy fuzztone dynamism gathers and  mushrooms, and Monique’s searching vocals reach through the music, catching shards of her soul, and ours too. This latest offering from Monique Barry takes the disco-punk dynamic by the throat and hurls it into a dance club inferno.

As well as providing Monique with a new recorded drama to explore and inhabit, New Eyes thrives and soars thanks to the participating artistry and inspiration of Marc Meriläinen (guitar), Alisdair Jones (bass), and Michael Wojewoda (mixing/drums).

Contact Monique at: mo@moniquebarry.com

 

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Monique Barry Makes Songwriting Soar With High as a Kite
(Third Single)

Listen to ‘High As A Kite aka HAAK’

When a musical project is described as a work in progress, the assumption is that it’s too soon for audience presentation. But singer-songwriter Monique Barry has always charted her own maps and methods for creating and introducing new music to her listeners.

Monique is presenting her as-yet unnamed new album to the public as a series of singles, each released upon completion. High as a Kite aka HAAK, the third and newest single, will receive its radio release November 13th, 2017.

Uplifting in every level of performance, High as a Kite, like the other singles in this enticing song-by-song release, explores the highs and lows, the calming affinities, and the crazy progressions on the journey through experience. Advancing steadily and seductively to the pulse of acoustic and electronic drums, this bewitching new song takes an aerial but intimate view of the contrasts and contradictions of love, the multi-sided nature of affection, and the shared realities within human involvement. “Look into my eyes,” Monique sings beckoningly, inviting discovery and confrontation in her creative search through space and time. As the song builds, the flow of voice and music evolves into a billowing curtain of sound, spirit, rhythm, and atmosphere. Soothing keyboards join forces with weaving guitar licks, capturing a timeless, perfect moment of knowledge and contact within an uncertain world. Addressing realities belonging to all ages and levels of involvement, High as a Kite uses lyrics, music, tempo, and ambient soundscaping to capture and acclaim the recognition that comes with emotional awakenings.

Joining Monique in this new release are Marc Meriläinen(guitar), Alisdair Jones (bass), Emma Campbell (vocals), Anomalous Disturbances (ambient soundscape), and Michael Wojewoda (mixing/acoustic and electronic drums).

Contact Monique at: mo@moniquebarry.com

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Monique Barry Takes the Journey to Freedom
(Second Single)

Listen to ‘Freedom’

When a musical project is described as a work in progress, the assumption is that it’s too soon for audience presentation. But singer-songwriter Monique Barry has always charted her own maps and methods for creating and introducing new music to her listeners.

Monique is presenting her as-yet unnamed new album to the public as a series of singles, each released upon completion. Freedom, the second single, will receive its radio release October 4, 2016.

Sure to be a high point in the coming album, is a song with a mystery in its soul: the nature of freedom itself and how we see it. Addressing the struggle we have with others and ourselves, the song raises questions on the themes of liberation and love. Are we asking to be embraced? Or held hostage? Do we choose freedom this time or discard it for something safe and imprisoning?

Monique’s musical technique continues to spark, startle, and, best of all, intrigue. As the single progresses, her vocals take on extra colour, reach, and energy, as well as a searching sense that is one of her signature qualities. Ominous drum beats provide a ritualistic pull as her chanting and emoting combine rock dramatics with torch song vulnerability. The chorus of ascending and descending repetitions of the word freedom might be suggesting that independence is a boundless necessity…or perhaps a drop into one’s personal abyss? Bringing a fine, rough glint to the mix, the metallic gauziness of the guitars creates a hybrid of folk rock and punk while the accompanying bass surge suggests the isolation and longing that puts freedom and abandonment in the same emotional territory.

As well as providing Monique with a new musical drama to explore and vocalize, Freedom features the participation and inspiration of Marc Meriläinen (guitar), Alisdair Jones (bass), Emma Campbell (vocals), and Michael Wojewoda (mixing/drums).

Contact Monique at: mo@moniquebarry.com

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Monique Barry Opens Up Creative Roads
and Sets her New Single Free
(First Single)

Listen to ‘Open Road’

When a musical project is described as a work in progress, the assumption is that it’s too soon for audience presentation. But singer-songwriter Monique Barry has always charted her own maps and methods for creating and introducing new music to her listeners.

Monique is presenting her as-yet unnamed new album to the public as a series of singles, each released upon completion. Open Road, the first single, will receive its radio release June 2016.

A shimmering, sweeping meditation on transition and independence, Open Road features counterpointing musical textures, soaring harmonies, and many reflections on experience, insight, gain, and loss. Monique’s beguiling vocals act as both the song’s anchor and axis, with captivating results. Gentle and uplifting, Open Road can stand with the best of her songwriting output.

As well as providing Monique with a new musical drama to explore and vocalize, Open Road features the participation and inspiration of Marc Meriläinen (guitar), Alisdair Jones (bass), Terrence O’Brien aka Anomalous Disturbances (ambient sonics), Emma Campbell (vocals), and Michael Wojewoda (mixing/drums).

Contact Monique at mo@moniquebarry.com

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