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 first words we hear him sing on the first single, “Dance,” are akin to a toast: “here’s to the other side.” What follows are eleven songs that center on kinship and show that Baker’s sharp songwriting, the heart of Hey Rosetta!, is as affecting as ever.
When crafting the album, Baker drew from 70s songwriters like Jackson Browne and Randy Newman, whose music filled his childhood home, and from his contemporaries (Feist, Leif Vollebekk, the Barr Brothers). Produced by Marcus Paquin (the National, Local Natives), Forever Overhead blends piano ballads with ebullient folk-rock tracks. The album features Liam O’Neill (Suuns) and Ben Whiteley (the Weather Station), as well as Mishka Stein and Joe Grass (Patrick Watson).