The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers, Queens of the Breakers (Secret City)

They can veer between feedback-laced indie rock and gorgeous Simon & Garfunkel-esque baroque folk, and they’ve never sounded as self-assured as on the Montreal-based band’s third album. Everybody’s favorite popular music trio featuring a harpist as a member tried something new this time around, to retreat to a cabin in Northern Quebec without any material and try to write and record their album simultaneously. Clearly, the experiment worked. Although the album's first song is sweetened by some guest vocals by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, it's the album's subtly attention-grabbing melodies and instrumentation that are this release’s real crowd-pleasers.

- Mike Sauter (Director of Content and Programming)