In 2008 double bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin released
Player, an album that led Pitchfork to say "…he brings fierce performances
polished compositions." Now 5 years later, Western Vinyl is proud to be
the original demos from Most Valuable Player, which were recorded in 2005
The demo album, titled Dome Branches, features Nat's bandmate from Dirty
Dave Longstreth on guitar and electronics, Jim Reynolds on guitar, Nate Horton
on drums, Tim Keiper on drums, Matt Bauder on Clarinets, Jess Pavone on viola.
Throughout these demos, there's a remarkable raw energy stemming at least in
from the fact that Nat hadn't performed any of the material live yet, and
hadn't heard the songs before, so his guitar parts were made up on the spot.
After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony
Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In
2005 he joined Dirty Projectors. In addition to his work with Dirty Projectors,
performed on Grizzly Bear's Sheilds, Vampire Weekend's Contra, and
Eagles' In Ear Park. In between touring and recording with Dirty
made time to record his 2011 album People Changes, an album that led
say "…whether Baldwin is singing with his throat or his bow, there's a thrilling
of freedom to it all."