Friday, December 14, 2007

"Just go and leave me if you wish to"

Dear Companion was the solo album released this year by singer Meg Baird. She is perhaps best knows for her contributions to the pastoral output of Philly neo-folk trio Espers. On the album she primarily handles traditional folk songs such as the titular track I've included. There's also two originals and a handful of semi-obscure psyche covers given an airy acoustic makeover. Reportedly recorded in just under twenty-four hours in an attic with just a guitar (or mountain dulcimer), it's simple, but genuine and intimately wrought folk music. As much as I wanted to like the new Marissa Nadler release this year, with an overwhelming feel of authenticity in it's sparse, but emotional delivery, this felt far more personal and was easily the best folk album this year.

Meg Baird - download "Dear Companion"

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