Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests [Limited Clear Coke Bottle Color Vinyl Record]
Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore's collective work – as solo artists, band members, and collaborators – could fill a small record collection. Despite this productivity, these two long-time friends have never recorded an entire album focused exclusively on their unique talents. Ghost Forests mysteriously, thrillingly fills that void. Over the course of six collaborative compositions we hear deeply sympathetic conversations between the two artists. With access to a deep pool of shared influences, these two friends assembled a collection of sounds conjured from harp, guitar (both acoustic and electric), synths, the human voice, and a shared poetic language.
Baird and Lattimore's subjects range from the sound of light on water, seismic geopolitical anxiety, the smog-exploded sunsets of Don Dudley's paintings, and vertigo from their respective relocations to San Francisco and Los Angeles from their once-shared home in Philadelphia. The synthesis of their vision welcomes listeners who might have been familiar with only one of the performer's solo oeuvres. It also speaks to long-time fans both artists who have long wondered what this dream collaboration might yield. Ghost Forests musical conversations are intimate, fluid, effortless and spontaneous. They're filled with the euphoria of creation and, at times, they articulate hard truths and tangled emotions with an ease only trusted friends can manage.
The songs alternate between extended ethereal instrumental excursions, gauzy and dreamy pop, blown-out "Bull of the Woods" heavy haze, and modern reimaginations of epic traditional balladry – all while touching on the strange and otherworldly places between these stations. With Ghost Forests Baird and Lattimore have given us all a timeless gift that generously rewards immersion and deep investigation. It is our collective good fortune as listeners that we are able to eavesdrop on their conversation through these songs. It is also a wonder to hear two unique artists interact to such beautifully original ends.
- Between Two Worlds
- Damaged Sunset
- In Cedars
- Blue Burning
- Painter of Tygers
- Fair Annie