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Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | INDIE

Oakland, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Alternative Pop




"Bandcamp Daily: Story of a Song: Perhapsy, “Eyes”"

"An exquisite and deceptively simple piece of music that is both immediately striking and highly abstract [...] it draws its power and tension from shifts in its pacing, speeding up and slowing down to ensure that we never quite find level footing." - Bandcamp Daily

"East Bay Express: Derek Barber is Perhapsy"

"The is a well-crafted indie-pop album highlighting Barber’s unique songwriting sensibilities. Expect fluctuations in melody, and a compositional style that varies from electro clanks to heavy, washed-out whispers, and reverbed, distorted vocals. His experimentation is mixed in with an innate understanding of pop melodies that at times resembles The Beatles and George Michael." - East Bay Express

"Impose Magazine: Debut: Perhapsy "O, Su Yung""

"'O, Su Yung,' the new single Perhapsy opens and closes in a whirlpool of guitar driven dissonance. Perhapsy is the solo project of Derek Barber who is originally from the midwest but now makes music in Oakland where he’s played guitar for people like Madeline Kenney and bands like Bells Atlas. In his new single, that serious guitar skill plays out in the form of well crafted lines of reverb and scuzz that wax and wane their way into a hazy wall of sound." - Impose Magazine

"The Wild Honey Pie: [Premier] Perhapsy Shares New EP"

"The guitars that begin Perhapsy’s The are immediately affecting. Immediately mood changing. They offer up a sense of urgency but maintain a subtle positivity, so being pushed forward feels like a joy, not a burden. This is all due to the huge talent of Derek Barber, guitarist by trade and the man behind Perhapsy. Barber isn’t all flash and no substance, though. His songs rely on personal storytelling as much as they rely on clever licks and killer tones [...] All in all, the California by way of Ohio songwriter has crafted an EP that delivers two things: instrumentals and song structures that are interesting as hell and a tensely sincere journey into one’s past." - The Wild Honey Pie


Perhapsy (2011)

Me Tie Dough-ty Walker (2016)

The (2017)



Perhapsy is the solo project of musician/graphic-artist Derek Barber, guitarist and songwriter of Bay Area-based groups Curls (Christopher Owens of Girls), Astronauts, etc., Bells Atlas, and Madeline Kenney.

Although he's lived in California for several years, Perhapsy's Derek Barber is a midwesterner at heart. Beneath the layered, post-rock guitar textures and driving drum beats on The, Perhapsy's latest EP, lays a sweetness and sincerity that belies Barber's Mansfield, Ohio origins. The music on this EP is nostalgic, not in the regressive, unimaginative sense of cultural nostalgia — plundering the stylistic tendencies of the past — but in the more personal sense: a genuine, aching looking back into one’s own past experiences and emotions. This nostalgia, derived from the lyrics and Barber's soft vocals, lays under a bed of shimmering guitars. 

Aside from his work as the frontman for Perhapsy, Barber is rightfully acclaimed for his guitar playing with Madeline Kenney, Bells Atlas, and Astronauts, etc. As such, the guitars on The are the EP's most distinctive feature. They chime on the spirited “Baptism '89”; rise and fall over a pulsing bed of bass and drum machine claps on the lush, foggy “Forward/Back”; pierce through the haze of “Where Is Your Home?”; ring on “O, Su Yung”, a driving, post-punk ghost story; and swell and roar on the cover of Grouper's “Heavy Water (I'd Rather Be Sleeping)”. The lyrics on the chorus of this last tune sum up the overall affect of the EP: “Oh dreams I'm moving through heavy water / The love is enormous / It's lifting me up / I'd rather be sleeping / I'd rather fall into tidal waves / Right where the deepest currents flow.” In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud writes of the “oceanic feeling”: a primitive sensation of oneness with the universe. With its midwestern sweetness and its varied, fuzzy guitar textures, The evokes this same feeling. 

- Chris Alarie

Active since his college years as a Jazz Studies major at the University of Michigan, Perhapsy has been the main creative outlet for Barber besides playing in various other bands (Astronauts, etc., In Watermelon Sugar, Chyristian Rawk, Anna Ash, and The Winston Jazz Routine to name a few).

What once began as an instrumental rock outfit (self-titled album released by KC-based The Record Machine, 2010) has translated into an experimental pop singer-songwriter project characterized by trance-like guitar loops, live sonic improvisation, and understated vocals.

While continually contributing to Curls, Astronauts, etc. and Bells Atlas, Barber released his sophomore album Me Tie Dough-ty Walker in March 2016 and released a follow-up EP entitled THE in March 2017.

Barber is currently finishing his third full length album to be released in 2018.

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