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R.I.P. Jodi Favorite track: Loser.
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Operator 03:56
I've been working on my modus operandi the one that helps me breathe slow the one that helps me see operator help me please All those terrible times were just training for life a life that I believed would come a life that I could see would hurt so much I'd bleed now operator please (gotta help me) connect to me Operator please operate on me operator please (ya gotta help me) connect to me
Ships 08:14
I built a hard ship to sail across the sea of love to the lone star above Misfortune tailing me breaking all I could see and all I could be all I could be I sailed a hard ship across an ocean of love with a lone star above Exhausted but sailing free cold hands trying to take me but I still believed in all I could be so don't tell me, no more...
Fool 04:36
Oh man, oh man I'm just getting started toward a dark uncharted end oh ma'am, oh ma'am all those fears I carted a cliche broken hearted man a fool, oh lord Oh man, oh ma'am you're like my dear departed she liked to break apart and care but I can't, I can't I'm just not bleeding hearted I make a cold and guarded friend a fool, oh lord Does it feel like you should be here? Do you smile when you cry? And do you feel kinda hated when all you do is try? Like a fool. oh lord...
Blue 05:55
Them blue eyes will get you when my heart is gone and I won't forget you and all I have done to you And if I can let you be my one will you forget me when long I do run from you
Coraline 04:03
Dear Coraline you saved us all but you're light don't shine now that you're gone no you're light don't shine now that you're gone you held the key to an unholy door but all that you'd say was "no more"
Loser 04:33
Confusion don't make me sad makes me mad as fuck when you're using all of your young man luck working as a stage hand and bleeding for a cold can you'll never make it far now you'll never make it far Illusion don't make me mad like some bad ass punk in the freedom of his old man's truck and out in the badlands he's talking like a man but he'll never make it far now he'll never make it far I bet you lose I bet you lose I bet you lose I bet you lose
Wind 05:55
I found you when life was dark and you pulled me in saying that it's hard to hold saying that it's dark and cold like the wind I tried to win your absent heart but you called me a friend you told me that you're hard to hold you told me that you're dark and cold like the wind I never saw you again but you made your mark I'm just a man, a fool, a friend who know that its hard to hold who knows that it's dark and cold like the wind When light's burning red a raging star if you look up you'll see me friend and I know it's hard to hold and I know it's hard to hold and I know it's hard to hold the wind
Balloons 05:38


Four weeks after the devastating suicide of my sister, I locked myself in my shed for four days and wrote and recorded these songs on my 8-track as both tribute and therapy. I've had death close to me before and here I was again. Anyway I went on a songwriting bender, shit just came pouring out of me and I was drinking and crying and smoking in the middle of the night while I was mixing it and in some songs the shed door is slamming because I forgot to lock it. Lo-fi...

I wanted the songs to tell the story of the two weeks between getting a phone call at work and letting go black helium balloons at the funeral. All the emotions that had gone through me and the people around me in those two weeks.

For Jodi.

Making this
was all I knew
it's an empty world
without you.


released March 2, 2015

All songs by MJ Barker.

Written and recorded over four days in February 2015 in The Shed except Blue which was recorded in 2013 and once released under the name, Memo.

Cover photography by Leif Nash.


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Water Music Melbourne, Australia

Dark, cinematic space folk/8-track lo-fi universe by Matty Barker

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