Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect, as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself. Today we’re assessing an underrated folk gem, The Baird Sisters’ ‘Until You Find Your Green’
Originally released as a limited edition in 2012, ‘Until You Find Your Green’ is the third and currently most recent album from The Baird Sisters – a duo consisting of sisters Meg and Laura Baird (the former perhaps best known for her work in the psych-folk institution Espers and for her solo material). Where the duo’s first two albums (currently CD-only releases) saw them working within the boundaries of relatively traditional Appalachian folk ballads and sleepily melancholic country, ‘Until You Find Your Green’ marked a move into more expansive territory. The sweeping, pastoral charm of the 10 minute title track has all the same musical hallmarks as more traditional past efforts but both structuring and mood are more searching and adventurous here. The duo don’t leave tradition behind completely, as the raggedy blues ‘Until The Bottle Is Dry’ suggests, but the album is at its most stunning when the duo flex their songwriting muscle, as on the haunting ‘Tracks’ and the pristine clarity of ‘On And On’. One of the decade’s essential folk records, ‘Until You Find Your Green’ is a low-key classic.
This is a gorgeous pressing with stunning playback. Although sonically somewhat sparse, ‘Until You Find Your Green’ is a well recorded album with a lovely clarity to it; this pressing does it justice with ease. Our copy has no surface noise at all, allowing for the album’s quietest moments – of which there are plenty – to shine just as brightly as do the more deeply layered passages. The record’s high frequencies in particular shimmer on this pressing, with the title track’s playful flute dancing in and out of the mix, the sisters’ perfectly blended harmonies likewise not lacking in presence. The record itself is on roughly mid-weight vinyl, which means that while it’s not the heaviest of LPs, there is more than enough weight behind it that it feels solid enough – and the proof of quality is in the superb playback.
The packaging is very nice on this pressing, with the album being housed in a high quality, thick card sleeve. The art direction here is completely different – and far more attractive – than the original issue and the new cover art fits the autumnal moods of the music well. A clean, bold font choice also pleases, with the spine in particular still managing to standout on the shelf despite being relatively thin. No download code is included; however, one big plus is that the album comes in a good quality inner sleeve from new which should be more than enough to keep the record well looked after. The quality of sleeve far exceeds expectations given the low pricepoint – $16 retail – and the general presentation is both high quality and slick.
This is a great pressing and the best way to hear ‘Until You Find Your Green’. It’s a hugely underappreciated record (perhaps mostly due to its initial scarcity) but this reissue isn’t at all hard to find online and is not only a great pressing but one housed in an attractively tactile sleeve that rounds the whole package off excellently.