M.E. Baird is indeed a highly respected independent Australian artist in varying mediums, with an impressive body of work in songwriting, music and art. Originally from Melbourne, he has lived in many places since, each a unique chapter in life. He currently calls Northern New South Wales home.
MUSIC & SONG
There is a haunting quality to M.E. Baird’s music, a type of gothic blues noir that permeates the songs. Baird knows how to successfully balance the beauty and the despair on Time ." ★★★★ The Music (Australia)
"Deeply evocative, M.E. Baird is driven by emotion. Whether in the carefully crafted lyrics or the music itself, emotion drips from everywhere, it trickles down walls and pools on the floor. It aches and hurts...and it’s beautiful." ★★★★ Rhythms Magazine, Australia.
M.E. Baird's songwriting draws upon lived experiences most of which, are well beyond the ordinary. M.E. Baird brings a visually rich quality to his songs transforming each one into cinematic vignettes full of drama, humility and emotion. His live performances have been described as nothing short of compelling with his lush sonic minimalism, lamenting vocal style and singular stage presence. His most recent offering entitled Time has already received 4-star reviews and global recognition. Over his career, M.E. Baird has written, recorded and co-produced five full-length albums and various Ep's. He has also contributed tracks to film and television productions and has composed original music for various film and screen-based projects.
'TIME' - NEW 9 TRACK ALBUM BY M.E. BAIRD (2019)
"There is a haunting quality to M.E. Baird’s music, a type of gothic blues noir that permeates the songs. Baird knows how to successfully balance the beauty 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 Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham." ★★★★ The Music (Australia)
'TIME' cover image by Alessandra Liemer Photography
M.E. Baird image by Donatella Parisini Photography
SELECTED TRACKS FROM ALBUM
ALBUM TOUR & LIVE SHOWS
ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM
M.E. Baird's most current release entitled TIME (2019) is the second album in a trilogy of single-word titled concept albums, the first being Fall.
Inspired by a quote by John Cale. 'This is the music [songs] of the dance of time" (1999) the album is a lyrical and sonic journey through age, experience and a testament to the passing of ‘time’. The tracks on TIME individually explore varied subtexts ranging from belonging, coming of age, corruption, migration, fortune, misfortune, contempt, loneliness and the joy of being alone. The album has received glowing four-star reviews, airplay and global recognition.
All tacks for the album were written in the winter of 2016 and recording of the album began in the following winter. The album was recorded at Wild Mountain Sound Studio, Brisbane located amongst the sublime beauty of Mt Nebo’s Eucalyptus forests. The album was produced by producer/musician, Jamie Trevaskis. Jamie and M.E. Baird had mused for some time about recording a new album together, with Jamie playing a leading and creative role in the co-production of the album. When recording began it became instantly clear that Jamie, as a collaborator was able to transport the songs sonically into a universe far beyond the ordinary.
It was important for the song's narrative to tell Jamie Trevaskis where the song/story needed to go sonically. Where a song needed to be tough, it had to be threatening, where it needed to be honest, it needed to be candid, where there was tenderness, it must be achingly forgiving and where there’s was anger, it’s uncompromised. It was creatively vital that the album not pander to any genre, audience or expectations, of course, there is some hat-tipping and influences evident; it would be arrogant to pretend otherwise. Both Jamie and M.E. Baird wanted to show that it is an album born of maturity, rigour, determination, and patience.
With this album, there was a return to how M.E. Baird made records in the past. All tracks were recorded to analogue tape, predominantly live and with very little overdubs. This was done not for nostalgic reasons but for a more ‘authentic’ audio representation. It also places more emphasis on musicianship rather than software know-how and digital trickery.