We hint quite a bit about the significance of risky pivots. Of course, as casual listener-observers, we usually only see the success stories, not the hurdles to get there. But when someone does pull it off, it’s incredibly satisfying to see (and hear). Which brings us to Barb.
Born Barbara Klavin, this Austinite spent her first two and a half decades engrossed in athletics, most notably as an active, excelling participant in Texas Rowing. However in the midst of some emotional turmoil, Klavin recently hung up the oars, picked up the pen and six-string, and made way for Barb.
Last year Klavin introduced us to her candidly queer identity and soulful brand of indie-surf-rock with Barb’s debut single, “Small Talk”. And today she’s followed it up with what’s easily my favorite tune of 2023 so far. Encased in coquettish guitar riffs, poignant lyrics, and bittersweet chord changes, (not to mention Barb’s heart-melting vocals and some exceptional percussion fills) “Liar” is a truly beautiful track, (even if you’re kinda f****d up right now). Listen all you like in the player below and catch Barb live at Swan Dive next Friday and on Friday the 20th.