Do you know Bill Baird, former "madman-in-chief"(NME) of Capitol Records casualties Sound Team, and kaleidoscopic pop-doctors Sunset? Are you familiar with the breadth, depth, humor, and history that courses through his "magnetically awkward" (Village Voice) catalog of songs? Perhaps you own Movie Monster, or maybe you grabbed a handmade copy of Sunset's Bright Blue Dream, or any of the dozens of charming, self-released albums Baird has been lovingly committing to tape for well over a decade. Perhaps you saw Bill in the critically-acclaimed documentary ECHOTONE, or bumped into him on campus at Mills College in Oakland, where he currently studies under experimental music legends like Pauline Oliveros and James Fei.
Known and revered for his twisted humor, eccentric pop melodies, and ramshackle analog flair, Baird typically chooses to produce his records as fast and loose as possible to optimize creative results. March 5th, 2013, however sees the arrival of a new chapter in Baird's deep discography, an album two full years in the making called SPRING BREAK OF THE SOUL, to be released on a new label - Austin's buzzed-about Pau Wau Records.
Q: So, what happens when one of America's most prolific DIY songmen spends an entire two years on one album?
SPRING BREAK OF THE SOUL is nothing short of a full-on, multimedia art project. First, musically, Baird's ever-teeming brain spills forth 17 new songs captured on analog tape and spread across two records. As usual, each is a genuine avant-pop nugget that evokes the untouchable sounds of Syd Barrett, Van Dyke Parks, Harry Nilsson, Ray Davies, Captain Beefheart, and Robyn Hitchcock. Secondly, Baird immerses you in the world of his new album, a 32-page book with all manner of visual aides (photos, extra artwork), as well as full-color sheet music. There's even a copy of an unrealized movie script penned by Baird included. It's a lot of stuff even from an artist known for giving listeners a lot. Oh, and Bill does a wonderful Christopher Cross cover.
Vinyl pre-orders for the gatefold-sleeve 2XLP of SPRING BREAK OF THE SOUL is on sale now via Pau Wau Records. Pre-Ordering gets you an exclusive digital download of the title single "Spring Break Of The Soul" for only $20. That's a good price for 2XLP and 32 page booklet. The official release will come on March 5, 2013.
"Unrepentantly strange and darkly funny." - Pitchfork