Jill Barber wants parents to know that they are not alone and that she recognizes them. Her newest album—Homemaker, out February 10th via Outside Music— is her gift to those who feel their caretaking efforts go unappreciated or unnoticed and celebrates all in her latest profound single and title track, “Homemaker.”
Barber’s delicate fingerpicking and soft but also lush vocals throughout the song act as if she is keeping a secret that the ‘homemaker’ has shared. She assures this person that, “If all you wanna do is run, I won’t tell anyone your secret fantasy,” while also providing wholehearted support and reminding: “it’s okay if today the only thing you make…is you make it through the day.” Barber states the song is, “a rallying cry to all the parents out there who have ever felt isolated, depressed, or trapped in a domestic situation that is stifling, thankless and unending.” She also adds, “It’s a gentle reminder that it’s okay to not feel okay… and that sometimes just getting through the day is enough.”
The music video captures a glimpse into the recording process of Homemaker and has the feel of the most intimate listening room. It was shot and directed on location at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, BC by Rich Smith. Barber’s backing band features renowned musicians Paul Rigby on guitar, Erik Nielsen on bass, Leon Power on drums and Darryl Havers on keys. Fans can immerse themselves in the music video at this link and can check out Barber’s previously-released singles “Beautiful Life,” “Joint Account (feat. Slow Leaves)” and “Instant Cash For Gold” at their respective links, and pre-order or pre-save Homemaker ahead of its February 10th release right here.