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Meg Baird’s is a pretty impressive CV. Founding member of Espers, go-to collaborator for a host of folk and psych royalty in the way of Will Oldham, Sharon Van Etten and Bert Jansch, member of warped super group Heron Oblivion and now an acclaimed solo artist in her own right, ‘Don’t Weigh Down the Light’ is just the latest addition to an impressive discography.

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 eclectic) underbelly. Snaking guitar solos abound in the style of Kurt Vile, noticeably on ‘Back To You’, while elsewhere a laid back, Real Estate dreaminess breezes through the more typical folk influences. ‘Stars Unwinding’ finger picks a delicate and intricate web through which Baird’s striking vocals softly navigate, but follow up track ‘Good Directions’ serves up a beefier hook and full bodied guitar sound akin to contemporaries Amen Dunes. Simple in its beauty, but with much to rediscover on subsequent listens.

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