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greenville, IL
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Portrait of Spring Clock Wonder
"Fantastic" is an album influenced by many different musical wavelengths from the last 35 plus years. A culmination of the lifetime that Ian has spent absorbed in a multitude of musical languages. This record propels you into the future all the while building on a solid foundation laid by the alternative legends that have come before. Pulling from influences like My Bloody Valentine, Thomas Dolby, Peter Gabriel, Sugar, Curve, The Beatles, Jesus Jones and Ned's Atomic Dustbin to name a few. Ian Baird effortlessly proves that

Spring Clock Wonder is a fission driven rocket with a voice all it's own.

SCW is well known for it's guitar driven sound and "Fantastic" continues this tradition. Along with sliding bass lines, tight drumming and healthy doses of science fiction in the synths, fans and critics alike have come to adore this combination of colors. A sound that has been described as "otherworldly" with songs of "static texture and celestial soul". Ian will never deny the effect that British shoegaze, noise pop bands have had on him, but SCW brings forth a warmth and a clarity made possible by Ian living in a small town in the heartland of America. Here in this isolation offered to him, Ian has been able to craft the SCW sound for the last 11 years, virtually undisturbed by musical trends or fashions that occur in the outside world. Currently our musical climate is drenched in cliches, a constant barrage of the same old thing, however "Fantastic" proves that Spring Clock Wonder is uncompromisingly kicking down the door of tomorrow. With a sound and lyric that paint the most vivid images in the mind, and an album with a clear focused eye on the future, Spring Clock Wonder has developed a timeless and captivating experience of sound.

Recorded in the now legendary Arjuna's Soundroom located in Greenville IL. , all of the instruments (drums, bass, guitars, synth, programming) and vocals were performed by Ian Baird. Wearing many hats Ian also produced and mixed the record, then mastered it alongside Ian's longtime friend and audio engineering expert Joel Gragg. Though many say that a record made in this fashion runs the risk of becoming too one dimensional, "Fantastic" is anything but. With songs that seem to pierce the veil between the seen and unseen, Ian Baird has created the most expansive sounding Spring Clock Wonder record to date.

The future is now. (Ricardo Malti 2008)

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