Former Philadelphia musician Meg Baird has settled into San Francisco life pretty nicely. She released her third solo record last year and formed a new band, the “dark acid-folk supergroup” of Heron Oblivion. The four-piece will release its self-titled debut via Sub Pop on March 4th, but NPR Music picked it up for a First Listen feature this week so you can get into it early.
NPR’s Doug Mosurock compares the screeching guitars and sublime vocals of the cerebrally stretching songs to those of Fairport Convention, Jefferson Airplane, noting:
Still, it’s Baird’s voice that sets Heron Oblivion apart: Clear and breathy, it evokes the spirits of Sandy Denny, Trees’ Celia Humphris, Judy Dyble, and the vocal performers from the Wicker Man soundtrack, among others. It cuts through even the grimiest displays of noise the band can muster, punctuating the band’s doom-laden sentiments with bell-tolling finality and grave seriousness. Even if it’s not what the group had envisioned as its calling card, that stern mood helps Heron Oblivion stand out. With any luck, this music will mark a sea change in how we approach psychedelic music in general: as a sound that’s both rooted in history and geared toward the future.
Listen to Heron Oblivion in its entirety via NPR below and read an interview with Baird here.
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