9 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nat Baldwin’s work as bassist for The Dirty Projectors and as a contributor to recordings by Department of Eagles, Vampire Weekend, and other indie groups looking for a chamber pop sound has helped him focus his solo material. Baldwin’s avant-garde interests have been channeled into accessible songs that make use of his unusual vocal style (sometimes compared to Antony Hegarty's). The quick sawing of a cello teases the vocal on “Half My Life” but provides a thrilling rhythm section on the phenomenal “Knockout,” where tension is palpable as the melody keeps things rolling along. The title track pulls off a tense, quickly paced ballet of sound and voice. “The End of the Night” slows things to a note-for-note battle between instrument and vocal tracks; it expands and revokes harmonies and double-tracked vocals as needed. Bowed bass, a string trio, and occasional percussion from drummer Otto Hauser (Espers) often fills the room more efficiently than seems possible. “Cosmos Pose,” “Bored to Death,” and “A Good Way to Die” do much with little.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nat Baldwin’s work as bassist for The Dirty Projectors and as a contributor to recordings by Department of Eagles, Vampire Weekend, and other indie groups looking for a chamber pop sound has helped him focus his solo material. Baldwin’s avant-garde interests have been channeled into accessible songs that make use of his unusual vocal style (sometimes compared to Antony Hegarty's). The quick sawing of a cello teases the vocal on “Half My Life” but provides a thrilling rhythm section on the phenomenal “Knockout,” where tension is palpable as the melody keeps things rolling along. The title track pulls off a tense, quickly paced ballet of sound and voice. “The End of the Night” slows things to a note-for-note battle between instrument and vocal tracks; it expands and revokes harmonies and double-tracked vocals as needed. Bowed bass, a string trio, and occasional percussion from drummer Otto Hauser (Espers) often fills the room more efficiently than seems possible. “Cosmos Pose,” “Bored to Death,” and “A Good Way to Die” do much with little.

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About Nat Baldwin

Bassist Nat Baldwin began his musical career focusing on improvisation and extended technique playing. The beginnings of his music saw him running with the East Coast scene of improvisers that included a group of Wesleyan University improvisers who studied with Anthony Braxton, and he collaborated with artists like Lavender, Jessica Pavone, and pianist Dan St. Clair. As time went on, Baldwin kept a foot in the improvising community as he branched out to work with more pop and indie groups. Baldwin's long list of collaborations included the earnest indie act Tiger Saw, contributions to albums by Vampire Weekend and Department of Eagles, and eventually full-time membership in Dirty Projectors. His solo albums often found him somewhere between these two worlds, releasing splits with bands like Deer Tick or the confrontational Extra Life as well as multiple proper full-lengths to go along with a bevy of EPs and small-run CD-R releases. Notable entries in Baldwin's discography of solo work included 2005's Lights Out, 2006's Enter the Winter, 2007's Most Valuable Player, and 2011's People Changes. In 2013 he released an album of older demo recordings entitled Dome Branches: The MVP Demos and followed in 2014 with the spare string arrangements of In the Hollows. ~ Fred Thomas

HOMETOWN
Portsmouth, NH
BORN
1980

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