The Baird Sisters - Until You Find Your Green (CD/LP)
Considering they've collaborated ever since they were kids living
under the same roof, The Baird Sisters arguably could have made an album like Until You Find Your Green years ago. They released two live recordings (the first recorded by their dad) and made plenty of demos, but this marks the first time Laura and Meg Baird decided to gradually write and record a full-length on their own terms. The songs, recorded in Laura’s house, result in a familial intimacy joined by skillful depth, the ideal blend for a folk record, an equal mix of comfort and talent.
Growing up surrounded by music, the sisters have traveled separate paths while remaining close. Laura studied piano and trombone in school and has collaborated with Glenn Jones on his recent releases. Meg has played in Espers, Watery Love, and currently drums/sings in Heron Oblivion. She’s also released a few solo albums on Drag City--fear not, as Laura's first solo record will be released by us early next year!
Through this independent experience, their work has evolved as The Baird Sisters, reaching its apex with Until You Find Your Green. These recordings capture the complexity of seventies progressive folk rock, emphasizing acoustic instrumentation with a lack of self-consciousness that can only come from a private domestic environment. Meg plays guitar, Laura banjo, singing in harmony, and ornamenting their songs with flute, cello, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, percussion and a cricket chorus.
Green's recordings have as much in common with Molly Drake and Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù as with Pentangle and Shirley Collins. They seem traditional, but that’s deceptive, as they unfold in greater depths the deeper attention you pay them.
Originally released exclusively to members of Grapefruit Record Club, Until You Find Your Green has been repressed with new artwork and is available for the first time on CD and Digital. To celebrate, The Baird Sisters will be playing a few shows--an extremely rare
occurrence-- along the East Coast this October.
Order 'Until You Find Your Green' HERE.
the dead c - Trouble
On the spectrum of The Dead C's sound output, Trouble could very well be seen as springing from the same realm as the massive "Driver UFO," one of the band's greatest tracks ever, off Harsh '70s Reality. There's a youthful aggression here, a churning anger, deadened by pounding drone. Much like H70s, this record serves as a gateway drug - if you were ever looking for an album to play to a newbie curious about experimental rock, this would be it. The visceral strength of their performance trembles out of the speakers. The magnificence of their stamina survives each album side.
The Renderers - A Dream Of The Sea
(Reissued for the first time on vinyl, via Tinsel Ears)
Amidst their stellar discography, The Renderers are best known for their album A Dream Of The Sea, released in the mid-nineties by Siltbreeze, and now issued for the first time ever on vinyl in a
gatefold jacket on the band's own label. Various forces were at work - a revered label, increased attention towards New Zealand artists - but the greatest achievements were within the band itself. Maryrose and Brian Crook reached a new level of insight and honesty with their lyrics, forming a wave of insight and metaphor that is as forceful today as when first written. Songs draw from ghostly sea tales and personal demons, where the specters as much rise from the waters as emerge from within oneself. The forceful songs are propelled by tornados of guitar play, always rumbling and screeching underneath the singing. There's a connection to be heard between The Renderers and Dead Moon, both bands dedicated wholly to the music they create, a fact clear in every note they play. When Buzzfeed gets around to making a list for it, A Dream Of The Sea will inevitably be listed amongst the greatest New Zealand rock albums of all time.
A1. Low To The Ground
A2. Dream Of The Sea
A3. Out Of The Forest
A4. Transparent Black
A5. Right From Wrong
B1. Dark Continent
B2. Great Ships
B3. Broken Banks
B4. Dimmer Waters
B5. Thin Atmosphere