Out April 28th via acronym Records
“I wrote it before my dad passed—before he was even sick—but it became an anthem for me in the months after his passing,” says three-time Juno Award nominee Del Barber about his new song, “I Told You So.” Originally written from the perspective of Barber’s neighbor who’d lost her husband, the song’s interpretation of grief has such a universal quality that even Barber ended up applying to his own life, but maybe that was its purpose all along. “Looking back, I feel like this song was a gift from [my dad],” he says.
“They were a great team,” recalls Barber, thinking about his neighbor and her late husband. “They had land and a nice string of horses.” When he passed, he left a hole in her life that was—and is—impossible to fill and she still catches herself talking to him. “I Told You So” is her telling her late husband about the silly little moments she wishes he could’ve been there for, and while it’s a simple premise, Barber’s song lands heavily—certainly more so for anyone who has been in the same situation. “No one wants to hear ‘I told you so.’”
Holler. premiered “I Told You So” on Wednesday, writing, “Del Barber knows how to bring a character fully to life with the simplest of lines. It’s so effortless it almost seems like magic…stunning.”
“I Told You So” and Barber’s recently released single “Still Got You” are both songs from his upcoming album Almanac. Coming out on April 28th via acronym Records, Almanac follows Barber’s acclaimed 2021 album Stray Dogs: Collected B-Sides Vol. 1, made during the height of pandemic restrictions. While Stray Dogs brought Barber to the end of one season, Almanac doggedly led him into the next. Barber wrote the twelve songs that make up his eighth studio album with collective intention. “I want my work to be seen as subtle by definition,” he says. “I want my statements to come across as questions rather than decrees or opinions. Some of these songs are descriptions of my world through my own eyes; a way of songwriting I’ve never felt I’ve done well until now. Writing Almanac felt like I had another chance. It felt like spring.”
Fans can check out a lovely live in-studio video of “I Told You So” right here. To stream or purchase “I Told You So,” follow this link. Barber kicks off a grand, cross-Canadian tour on April 4th. A full list of dates and ticket information can be found at delbarber.com/shows.