00:00 | Kurt Vile has released seven universally celebrated albums, most recently the Courtney Barnett collaboration LP Lotta Sea Lice. He has been seen and heard across the late-night TV circuit (Colbert, Letterman, Conan, etc), from the Park Stage in Glastonbury, in session for Lauren Laverne and Mike Riley at BBC 6 Music, as an animated singing squirrel on HBO's Animals, as a roadie on Portlandia, and as an answer on Jeopardy. He has collaborated with artists including Courtney Barnett, J Mascis, Kim Gordon, Hope Sandoval, John Prine, John Cale, Warpaint and Cyndi Lauper, and has toured the world several times over. With hundreds of thousands of records sold and a day named in his honour in Philadelphia, Kurt Vile's 2018 promises a boundless ascendancy in the next leg of his beloved and storied career.
00:00 | Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore's collective work—as solo artists, band members, and collaborators—could likely fill a whole section at a record store. But Ghost Forests is the first release from the two long-time friends as a duo.
Independently, Baird and Lattimore cultivated highly individual and idiosyncratic tools of expression. Baird's timeless, soaring voice, guitar, and drums have underpinned pastoral and folk rock explorations as a soloist and with Espers and Heron Oblivion. Lattimore's LPs of mysterious, spectral experimental harp sounds move and unfold like films and nature itself. The list of artists that have called upon their voices and visions to enrich their own work is expansive—a virtual pocket encyclopedia of contemporary indie and experimental musicians.
In these new collaborative compositions we hear conversations between the two artists—driven by deep pools of shared influences. Here, subjects ranging 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.