Rob Szabo's self-titled fifth studio album was recorded over 5 winter weeks in vacant homes and cabins of friends and family. "It was a guerilla-style recording approach", says Rob of the sessions, "I put together a bunch of mics, recording gear and my laptop and lived in each space alone for a few weeks at a time. I love recording in spaces where people live, as opposed to recording studios. It allows me to forget I'm recording and just play."
It's his first release since he threw himself into the role of producer for other artists amid his busy touring schedule, producing albums for international DIY rising star Peter Katz and Halifax up-and-comer Ian Sherwood among others. Scott Cooper engineered parts of the album while the two were hunkered down in a cabin in near Penetanguishene, ON. The album was mixed & mastered by Tim Abraham (Valery Gore, Layah Jane).
The album is a darker and more intimate album than his recent releases harkening back to his debut A Battery Of Tests. The album prominently features Rob's voice and acoustic guitar with very little drums or bass. Instead we find horns and strings adorn many of the tracks along with ambient atmospherics. The album features performances by Bryden Baird (Feist), Mike Olsen (Hidden Cameras, Arcade Fire), Emma-Lee, Christen Zuch & Adam Warner (Royal Wood).
WHAT ROB HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT
“I decided to go with self-titled for this album even though it's my 5th studio album 'cause I feel like it's a new beginning. I feel like I'm really starting to understand what kind of music I should be making for myself and what use it can have in the people's lives who listen to it. I feel like barriers have been removed and I feel like this is the beginning of an incredibly creative period for me. I really want to make another record right away! Overall, this record will probably seem darker than anything I've done. I just feel like it's honest. I feel like that's my job. If I can be of any use to anyone it's by being totally honest. That's the music that I relate to. Music that feels honest and that makes me feel like I'm not alone."
Toronto-based Rob Szabo is a tireless solitary touring troubadour, an acclaimed songwriter and in-demand record producer. His studio recordings get raved about by press, both in Canada and the U.S., where he's been called “Cobain-worthy” and “like prime Costello”. Canada’s CBC Radio 1 & 2 champion his music on shows nationwide.
Rob is currently performing about 100 shows per year, making records as a solo artist and producing other artists. His fans always mention Rob's ever-present wry smile, and how he makes you feel like you're in on a shared secret.
Rob plays honest intense music for music lovers.
Thanks for giving a shit.
“Rob makes wry and sometimes pointed observations, with soulful confessionals often sung with a curious blend of hope and melancholy. It is a voice of clarity and of authority, and reminds the audience that there are core truths to be taken from everyday experiences of life and love.”
- Jo Beattie AD Coldsnap Festival (Prince George, BC, CANADA)
"**** ... like prime Costello"
- Eye Weekly (Toronto, ON, CANADA)
"The soul of a poet... a voice of tremendous power and whimsy... one beautiful talent waiting to explode.”
- SEE Magazine (Edmonton, AB, CANADA)
- Erie Times (Erie, PA, USA)