Once You Were a Baby is the new album from Niilo Smeds, available via Gold Robot Records. The 13-song collection moves from post-Willie pseudo-country to synth-drenched ghost stories to instrumental introspections. The record is anchored by Niilo's fingerstyle guitar, tape-echoed vocals and evocative lyrics. The songs were mostly self-recorded with a minimal setup at home in Portland, OR., where he moved in 2014 after spending time in Fresno, San Francisco and Oakland. Greer McGettrick composed and recorded cello arrangements and Russell Higbee played Prelude synthesizer and YC-20 organ. Niilo played guitars, bass, Alpha Juno and MPC2000XL. Niilo mixed the record at home and Timothy Stollenwerk mastered it at Stereophonic in Portland.