A NEW SIX-TRACK MINI ALBUM BY M.E. BAIRD IN COLLABORATION WITH JAMIE TREVASKIS
With Jamie Trevaskis, M.E. Baird has created a most astonishing set of songs and soundscapes comprising this deeply emotive recording. Six songs were conceived and then captured under extraordinary circumstances in a time of great despair and internal darkness. However, light was incrementally finding its way under the door, with each and every take.
Digital album available now for download via Bandcamp. Physical release 2024.
Ghost Boat #18 The Loner by M.E. Baird . 1st place winner of the Maritime ArtPrize, Australia. 2023
ABOUT M.E. BAIRD
M.E. Baird is a remarkable and somewhat mysterious talent. Not only is M.E. Baird a skilled singer, songwriter, and musician, but he also creates artwork as unique and captivating as his music. From his deep lamenting voice and beguiling songs to his intricate thought-provoking artwork, From his deep lamenting voice and beguiling songs to his award-winning and thought-provoking artwork. As a singer-songwriter and musician with a nearly three-decades-long career described by Rythumns Magazine, Australia as -
"Deeply emotive, whether in the carefully crafted lyrics, the music itself, or his deep lamenting singular voice, emotion drips from everywhere, it trickles down walls and pools on the floor. It aches and hurts...and it’s beautiful."
M.E. Baird began his musical career in Melbourne in the late 1980's continuing through to 1998 when he left Australia for the UK and Europe. He would return home and move to Sydney in 2000 to pursue an academic career in design. His music career would remain on the back burner until 2004 when he returned to Melbourne and began writing songs, recording and making music again. He would then go on to write and record five critically acclaimed solo albums, and numerous other recordings with bands and musical monikers, including song placement and original soundtrack work in film and television. M.E. Baird has also been fortunate to share the stage with some of his most admired musicians, singers and performers, including Roland S Howard, Spencer P Jones, Kim Salmon, Conway Savage, Brian Hooper, Chris Wilson, Ed Kuepper, and others. Sadly many of the aforementioned have passed on way too early. As a visual artist, he has won several prestigious awards and exhibited widely. More recently expanded his art practice into short audio-visual projects combining his music and images. M.E. Baird has for the last decade been based in Bundjalung Country, New South Wales.
"His songs are visually rich possessing a novelistic quality that is dark and warm. The music of M.E. Baird cajoles and challenges.
Images flow and tunes beguile. A treat."
★★★★ - The Music Collective
"M.E. Baird's live performances are nothing short of compelling with his deep lamenting vocal style and singular stage presence."
Holden Hill Music
"There is a haunting quality to M.E. Baird’s music, a type of dark folk and blues noir that permeates the songs. Baird knows how to balance the beauty successfully and the despair on 'Time' and as a result, this is an album that should fit nicely in the record collections of fans of songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Will Oldman."
★★★★ - The Music (Australia)
"The slowly developing, intimately held tracks, which are neither folk, nor country, but maybe a Cohen/Dylan inspired interpretation of both, are meant for the small, dark, alone spaces of your life. Being also a visual artist, there is no surprise that his songs are often described as possessing a distinct visual richness and depth where each song can be like cinematic vignettes."
★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald
"Baird speaks of lost loves and scarred hearts, and while he paints life in a harsh light, he still finds something to hold onto, be it a memory or dream not yet faded. This dark folk at its finest, sad, bitter, and beautiful."
★★★★ - The Brag Magazine, Sydney