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'TIME '  (2019)

M.E Baird's most current release is a lyrical and sonic journey through age, experience, and a testament to the passing of 'time'. The tracks on this album individually explore varying and contradictive subtexts ranging from belonging, not belonging, corruption, migration, fortune, misfortune, contempt, loneliness, and the joy of being alone. The album has received glowing four-star reviews, airplay, and global recognition. The album was co-produced, arranged, and recorded with 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 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 is, anger, it's uncompromising. It was creatively vital that the album not pander to any genre, audience, or expectations, of course, there are 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. 

Track List:

Time (featuring Sali Bracewell)

  1. My Girl (will you not sleep tonight?)

  2. Girl From Lonely Town

  3. The Love You Feel

  4. Dead Wood

  5. A Better Place

  6. Sorry City Blues

  7. Evening Song

  8. Fighting Crime and Making Love

 

Credits:

All words and music by M.E. Baird

Produced, recorded and mixed by Jamie Trevaskis

Recorded at Wild Mountain Sound Studio, Mt Nebo, QLD, Australia

Mastered by Andy Stuart at The Mill Mixing and Mastering Studio, Gipppsland, Victoria, Australia.

 

Musicians

M.E. Baird (guitars and vocals)

Sali Bracewell (piano, organ beats and vocals)

Hannah Jane (violin and vocals)

Phil Usher (drums)

Robbie Zawada (bass)

Skye Staniford (percussion)

Jamie Trevaskis (feedback guitar and clanking bottles)

Cover Art / Image

'Black Tulip' by Alessandra Leimer 

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'FALL ' (2016) 

In 2014 M.E Baird wrote and recorded an eight-track solo album his third long-player, entitled 'Fall'. This is the first in the trilogy of single-word titled albums. 

The album was a deeply personal exploration and a huge turning point in M.E Baird's attitude towards and about what it is to be a songwriter and performer in a new era of digital noise. He proclaimed that songwriting needed to be more thoughtful, more erudite and attending to concept rather than fashion or a sentimental re-representation of a bygone era of songwriting. The album was also to represent a period of great loss, grief, and mental hardship for M.E Baird. Leading up to the writing and recording of the album he was to lose his Nephew Jeremy who at eighteen months his junior was like a brother to him and sadly died as the victim of a horrific and brutal murder. A short time after his mother passed on to early-onset Alzheimer's and cancer followed by an uncle and aunt whom he was very close to and was a constant source of support and inspiration.

More loss was to come when not long after the recording was completed, he was to endure the deaths of his sister and Father in quick succession, all in all, six family members passing in three years. The impact of the losses and grief eventually took a toll on M.E. Baird and resulted in a major breakdown. This meant the release of the album would have to be put on hold, perhaps indefinitely. In the summer of 2015 seeking a reset, M.E. Baird decided with his partner and young daughter to move to Northern, New South Wales. Shortly after relocating and as an act of renewal and resilience ‘Fall’ was formally released in August 2016 two years after its recording. Overall, the album has been recognised as a fine testament to M.E. Baird's skills as a solo musician, songwriter, performer, and the enduring commitment he has to his art. Although the album despite being a critical success was considered too dark and melancholy by most in the Australian music industry and therefore didn't get the live airing it deserved. This was to be another heavy blow to M.E Baird, making it difficult for him to continue. Nonetheless, he was not going to be defeated. In the winter of 2017, he began writing tracks for what would become ‘Time’ his 4th full-length album and the second album

in the trilogy.

 

Track List:

  1. Always Tuesday

  2. Angel By The Lake

  3. The Rainmaker

  4. The Lost Son

  5. Full of The Devil

  6. She Had To Go

  7. The Professional

  8. Sertraline Dream

 

Link to track lyrics

Credits:

All words and music by M.E. Baird

Produced by Roger Bergodaz and M.E. Baird

 Recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz

Recorded at Tender Trap Studio, Northcote Victoria, Australia

Mastered by Andy Stuart at The Mill Mixing and Mastering Studio, Gipppsland, Victoria, Australia.

 

Musicians

M.E. Baird (guitars and vocals)

Andrew Wrigglesworth (guitars)

Matis Schubert (violin and mandolin)

Roger Bergodaz (drums and bass)

Cover Art / Image

'Fall Carving' by M.E. Baird

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'MYSTERIES OF THE HEART; VAGARIES OF THE MIND' (2010)

 In 2003, feeling an overwhelming need to play music again, M.E. Baird formed an indie rock trio with drummer Justin Ward and bassist Kate O'Sullivan hitting the scene with a flurry of shows and then crashing and burning in a ceremonial blaze of riffing guitars and crashing cymbals.  In 2008, M.E. Baird would take it a little further and return to writing his own songs again, this time focusing on his true love for dark folk laments.  In 2008, M.E. Baird returned to writing his own songs again, this time focusing on his love for story and folk music performing under the musical moniker of 'Lionel Lee' a fictional character that was an amalgamation of the carnival-like characters he encountered in remote towns and caravan parks while traversing the continent as a child.  Under the expanded band banner of ‘Lionel Lee’s Curse,’ he released an Ep followed by the critically acclaimed album Mysteries of The Heart; Vagaries of The Mind, (2010). The album was runner-up for the AGE, Melbourne’s best folk/pop album of 2010. 

Track List:

  1. Revolution Child

  2. Stolen Heart

  3. Beautiful Life

  4. Vexed Intentions

  5. This City

  6. Nowhere To Be

  7. At Your Feet

  8. Hollow Man

  9. Take Me Home

  10. Fast Love

Credits:

All words and music by M.E. Baird

Produced by M.E. Baird, Roger Bergodaz and Ken Eveal

Recorded at The Shed, Torquay, Victoria, Australia and Tender Trap Studio, Northcote Victoria, Australia

Mastered by Andy Stuart at The Mill Mixing and Mastering Studio, Gipppsland,. Victoria, Australia.

 

Musicians

M.E. Baird (guitars, organ and vocals)

Andrew Wrigglesworth (guitars)

Matis Schubert (violin and mandolin)

Roger Bergodaz (drums)

Red Whyte (drums)

Ken Eveal (bass)

Kate O'Sullivan (bass)