Bill Baird is an anomaly, an enigma, a unique talent He is a burgeoning American great who seems destined for worldwide cult status. And – dare we say it? – a possible genius. A self-described professional weirdo and confessional renaissance man cut from the same cloth as key influences such as Robert Johnson and Daniel Johnston, Bill Baird’s talents encompass songwriting, storytelling, poetry, his own public access TV show, letterpress printing, film-making, instrument building, sound installation, teaching, journalism, academic study and everyday existential crises.
His new album Earth Into Aether Parts I and Part II is a freewheeling two-disc, nineteen-track work of magnificence, a spontaneous-sounding series of musical postcards sent direct from the heart of a fertile mind in response to all that modern America has to offer. Comparisons might be drawn in spirit, if not necessarily in sound and style, with Devendra Banhart, Beck, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Anton Newcombe and John Grant.