Don't Weigh Down The Light LP
Don't Weight Down The Light is Meg Baird's third album - the follow up to 2011's highly acclaimed Seasons On Earth.
The album was recorded at Eric Bauer’s Bauer Mansion studio - most famous for the ragged and raging sounds of Ty Segall, Six Organs’ “Hexadic,” White Fence, and Thee Oh Sees. Like Meg’s previous LPs (and much of Espers output,) the foundation of Don’t Weigh Down the Light is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that’s alternately soaring, tender, soothing, and deep with mystery—one that more than a few have likened to the folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jaqui McShee, and Shirley Collins.
But where Dear Companion and Seasons on Earth were relatively minimalist affairs, Don’t Weigh Down The Light swims in colours and texture. Electric guitars and organs float and dart around Meg’s intricate picking and voice like ghosts. Distant drums become heartbeats. Piano and electric 12-string guitars shimmer like sun shining on rippling, crystalline seas.
Praise for Don't Weigh Down The Light: "The once and future queen of psych-folk returns… Baird’s music remains gorgeous, harbouring a kind of still magic.” Uncut – 8/10
“A transfusion of gorgeous, non-stop melody that rustles the air like an Appalachian mountain breeze… All 11 tracks are evocative and addictive. This is a diamond without a flaw.” Record Collector – 5 Stars *****
“Stepping into Meg Baird’s world is like being lost in a medieval forest, a surreal place where anciant English ballads are sweetened and deepened with Appalachian mountain dulcimer and Laurel Canyon guitar.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“Her third album is bound to send folk lovers drifting deep into mystic this summer… A tie-dyed treat.” The Telegraph – 4 Stars****
“A beautifully emotive listen, steeped in convention whilst eliciting a contemporary narrative and tone.” DIY – 4 Stars ****
“On the surface it may be a gentle and breathy piece of Sandy Denny inspired folk, but throughout its eleven tracks there’s a more electric (and more eclectic) underbelly. Snaking guitar solos abound in the style of Kurt Vile, while elsewhere a laid back, Real Estate dreaminess breezes through the more typical folk influences… Simple in its beauty, but with much to rediscover on subsequent listens.” Loud & Quiet – 8/10