Tim Barr is an independent musician from New York City.
Early highlights of Tim’s career include playing bass for Lana Del Rey during the Lizzy Grant era and fronting the late 2000s band Recluse. Tim formed the band Silverbird in 2013. Around this time, he had an opportunity to study with Mike Longo, who was the pianist for the late great Dizzy Gillespie. It was Mike Longo that helped shape Tim’s musical philosophy and infuse an element of jazz into his writing style.
In the summer of 2013, Tim met and formed a lasting musical partnership with UK-based producer Kristofer Harris, singer for Story Books and whose work also includes stints with Smoke Fairies and Belle and Sebastian. Harris produced and recorded both of Silverbird’s releases- 2014’s Surface Life, and 2015’s Pureland. In 2015, Tim lived at the Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. While practicing Zen he recorded the Monastery Demos, a collection of acoustic songs, which would later become the album Pureland. The debut single and video off of Pureland, Running, premiered in Noisey in 2015 and provided material for three consecutive years of CMJ concerts, two tours, and several placements, the most notable being Hollow Heart, which was featured in two separate episodes of ShowTime’s hit series Shameless.
In time, music videos were released for the Silverbird songs Sky, Smile, Hollow Heart, and Mountain, which have garnered almost a million views. Interviews and reviews have been featured in USA Today, CMJ, The Aquarian Weekly, Nylon, Line of Best Fit, Noisey and numerous other blogs from America, Europe, and Japan.
Tim’s newest track and first release as a solo artist was self-produced and recorded in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn with engineer Alan Labiner and will be released on May 2, 2019. This track, entitled First Kiss, is about secrets and the brutality of love. It is that first moment where a dysfunctional relationship begins and all else fails. The music video was directed by legendary director, Michael Maxxis (Elle King, Kurt vile, City and Colour and others), in the swamps of Staten Island and features NYC nightlife queen Sophia Lamar.
Lyrics:Ive been up for days amphetamine Bloodshot eyes and a dirty spleen Im coming in like a 747 Crash land into the water disappear Haven't seen you in so many years This house hasnt changed much since then I am not sleeping at night With those window panes alight And dark angels standing over me Money comes and money goes Broke another promise but nobody knows Im like a priest at night turn the lights off Slip out into the barkyard Have a smoke and feel the stars This is where I learned to be alone Im not sleeping at night With those window panes alight And dark angels standing over me
Lyrics:Violent doors in my soul Open and close of their own accord But its easier that way Fire burns on my skin The flame rises as you walk in Ill be there when you need me Oh those aching memories Ill live them again someday Or some other time If just in my mind Heaven is a lullaby Ill be there someday soon I fold into the machine Feel the wheels turn belt snaps underneath Then maybe youll call me Oh those aching memories Ill live them again someday Or some other time If just in my mind Heaven is a lullaby Ill be there someday soon Heaven is a lullaby Well be there someday soon
Lyrics:Im awake Your asleep Its the land of milk and honey You occur Just blindly waiting For someone to come home I could not remember my name When you kissed me in the pouring rain I became everything Just a drop in the ocean of your smile I woke up Then I fell Through hundreds of years worth of hell Just to be with you You are the keeper Of the appearance The seasons strum across our face I could not remember my name When you kissed me in the pouring rain I became everything Just a drop in the ocean of your smile I woke up Then I fell Through hundreds of years worth of hell Just to be with you Its a remembrance Of when we played baseball Walt Whitman mall and alcohol And Ill try not to stall When I say Goodbye I become everything Just a drop in the ocean of your smile I wake up Then I fall Through hundreds of years worth of hell Just to be with you
Lyrics:I drag my cables through burning mud banks Into your field of screaming lilacs These are the rainy seasons I dont need any reasons I tell my secrets to the birds that sing overhead I lay my body underneath your iron bridge I let the rosary say itself I let you be all by yourself First Kiss Your First Let it touch down on my face There's no rush Theres no fuss Ill move out when youre wasted I wont be there You wont be there First Kiss Your First Let it touch down on my face There's no rush Theres no fuss Ill move out when youre wasted
Lyrics:I got knifed in broad daylight Steel like fire crashing through my side You were awake as I bled my way home Want to feel your body want to steal your bones Who are you to multiply You cannot hide From the inside or the outside Lightning struck as I crossed the street Spontaneous combustion beneath the concrete You were awake as I bled my way home Want to feel your body as I steal your bones Who are you to multiply You cannot hide From the inside or the outside Who are you to multiply You cannot hide From the inside Im addicted to you babe Im a victim of you babe
Lyrics:I wait alone for the Son To come undone I shoot at cages Black colors into the night God is a living kind Of burnt out spokesman I just want to know you I just want to feel good I just want to hold you Alive as you die Kiss me when I am naked Underneath the crimson kid Who swings from the rafters Shes bloody and just a mess Wont you get undressed And find the lightswitch I just want to know you I just want to feel good I just want to hold you Alive as you die
Lyrics:You once said Theres nowhere else youd rather rest your head Then where men shoot up in the dark Sky full of lines Beautiful inside your dark eyes Ghosts form all around you You won't escape from me now Cause youve been up bending down You try to hide perfect youth Smile my darling Im in close You dont speak Too many words that were robbed From your mouth When God was kissing you You wont escape from me now Cause Ive been up bending down You try to hide perfect youth Smile my darling Im in close Im in close Im in close Im in close
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