Ghost Forests

by Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore

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    "Ghost Forests" is the first full collaborative album from Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore. It was recorded in January 2018 in Los Angeles with Thom Monaghan. It will be pressed on 140 gram Dutch black vinyl by Record Industry and housed within a full color gatefold jacket bearing photographs of sculptures by Jeff Root. It is from a limited edition of approximately 1,000 copies. It was mastered by Patrick Klem. "Ghost Forests" will be released on November 9, 2018.

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    "Ghost Forests" is the first full collaborative album from Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore. It was recorded in January 2018 in Los Angeles with Thom Monaghan. It will be packaged within a jewel case including artwork by Jeff Root and a 4 panel insert. It was mastered by Patrick Klem. "Ghost Forests" will be released on November 9, 2018.

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Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore’s collective work—as solo artists, band members, and collaborators—could fill a small record collection. Despite this productivity, these two long-time friends have never recorded an entire album focused exclusively on their unique talents. "Ghost Forests" mysteriously, thrillingly fills that void.

Independently, Baird and Lattimore have each cultivated highly individual and idiosyncratic tools of expression. Baird’s timeless and soaring voice, guitar, and drums have underpinned pastoral and folk rock explorations as a soloist and in band settings with Espers and Heron Oblivion. Lattimore’s albums of enigmatic, spectral experimental harp sounds move and unfold like films and nature itself. The list of artists that have called upon their voices, talents, and visions to enrich their own work is expansive—a virtual pocket encyclopedia of contemporary indie and experimental musicians.

Over the course of "Ghost Forests"’ six collaborative compositions we hear deeply sympathetic conversations between the two artists. With access to a deep pool of shared influences, these two friends assembled a collection of sounds conjured from harp, guitar (both acoustic and electric), synths, the human voice, and a shared poetic language. Baird and Lattimore’s subjects range from the sound of light on water, seismic geopolitical anxiety, the smog-exploded sunsets of Don Dudley’s paintings, and vertigo from their respective relocations to San Francisco and Los Angeles from their once-shared home in Philadelphia.

The synthesis of their vision welcomes listeners who might have been familiar with only one of the performer’s solo oeuvres. It also speaks to long-time fans both artists who have long wondered what this dream collaboration might yield.

Steve Gunn has long known Baird and Lattimore and worked with both on his own albums. He says “Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore are two musicians that I greatly admire. 'Ghost Forests' is an ace meld of their abilities; Meg’s guitar and voice, and Mary’s harp lead each other (and us) into further regions of the strata. With each song you can hear this remarkable kinship. I’m thankful for this soundtrack.”

"Ghost Forests"’ musical conversations are intimate, fluid, effortless and spontaneous. They’re filled with the euphoria of creation and, at times, they articulate hard truths and tangled emotions with an ease only trusted friends can manage. The songs alternate between extended ethereal instrumental excursions, gauzy and dreamy pop, blown-out "Bull of the Woods" heavy haze, and modern reimaginations of epic traditional balladry—all while touching on the strange and otherworldly places between these stations.

With "Ghost Forests" Baird and Lattimore have given us all a timeless gift that generously rewards immersion and deep investigation. It is our collective good fortune as listeners that we are able to eavesdrop on their conversation through these songs. It is also a wonder to hear two unique artists interact to such beautifully original ends.

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released November 9, 2018

Recorded January 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Thom Monahan.

All tracks written, arranged, performed and co-produced by Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore, except Fair Annie, trad, after a version recorded by Beverly Woods on "Return to Fingal" (1983).

Mastered by Patrick Klem.

With special thanks to: Cory Rayborn, Thom Monahan, Rennie Jaffe, Rachel Pony Cassels, Jeff Root, Kate Brokaw, Trinie Dalton, Jonsi Birgisson & Alex Somers, Julianna Barwick, Timmy Hefner, Jeff Zeigler, Penny Duff & Michael Slaboch, Russ Waterhouse, Charlie Saufley, KV, Steve Gunn, Espers, Heron Oblivion and our families.

Titles drawn from from the exhibit “Between Two Worlds,” SFMoMA, Summer 2017.

In memory of Paul Clipson.

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Track Name: Damaged Sunset
Along the green water
The soldier sang spring moons away
And the soldier had a brother who ran
And he’s calling out for blossoms

Blame the way the sky looked
when those planes fell down
the ground the nines, by tens...
There is beginning and another, again and again

We won't rest here by the hour
Only weightless when you let them

So measure, measure on
And feel the way I thought of you tonight
From so many miles away
Across time and reach of the engines and the furies,
Sunset damage by the mouthful

The others hardly heard them
They kept traveling in circles and
drifted back in to seven notches above
"The top of the world" you called it

Set the towers on fire
Just to feel the space beyond
You won't rest again here
Burn up the hours, collect them by the pound

And you won't know how it goes down
And we won't know how it goes down
Falling back to water
Track Name: In Cedars
Light down, light down
They won't know
Softly, so softly
Safety

Wrapped up in cedars
Rings all around
Blankets and boundless
In snowfall you'll go

Oh take me
Track Name: Painter of Tygers
Your name is like a secret
If you whisper just close enough
If you dream of a radio,
You'll be over all the time
It’s alright

If you finally see land
Please don't cry out
it’s alright

Oh, Painter of Tygers
You told her that you can't keep me here
Your name is like a messenger
Remembered from the distance
On the east side of the Feather Banks

I felt the Pacific try to turn me upside down

Windows and Everclear
In pieces upon the ground
In lovely pens
The soul winds down to
a voice that’s just hanging around

Bell ringing and alphabets
And songs you'd think you recognize
Felt so suspicious
When coming from all sides

The treetops are out of here!
I can't remember if they shone at night
Underground
Where the mannequins turned off all the lights

Oh Painter of Tygers, you can't keep me here

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