Bill Baird - Spring Break of the Soul 2xLP
17 songs on double vinyl in gatefold jacket. Includes a 32 page full color script with sheet music + digital download!
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 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, posters, 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.
"Unrepentantly strange and darkly funny." - Pitchfork
“one of the more astounding songwriters tangling up tape in America right now." - RCRDLBL
"Baird's records are the kind every musician daydreams about making..." - Pittsburgh City Paper
"One of the last surviving Rock and Roll geniuses." - Tiny Mix Tapes