In 2017, 12 years after its inception, the award-winning band Hey Rosetta! went on hiatus after selling 10,000 tickets to five farewell shows. For Tim Baker, the band’s principal songwriter and lead vocalist, this was the start of a new chapter. On his debut solo album, Forever Overhead, Baker warmly welcomes you. The first words we hear on the first single, “Dance,” are akin to a toast: “Here’s to the other side.” What follows are 11 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 such as Jackson Browne and Randy Newman, whose music filled his childhood home, and from contemporaries such as Feist, Leif Vollebekk, and 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).