This album is worth all the hearts. Not So Deep as a Well by Myriam Gendron came out just two days ago (March 4th), but it feels like it has already been my companion for a really long time. I started today by listening to it on my way to work, I kept it on the whole 9 hour work day, because I never felt like I wanted or needed a change, I listened to it on my way to home from work and now I’m listening to it at home while writing this little blog entry about this beautiful piece of art. So I kind of like this.
Myriam Gendron is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter and on Not So Deep as a Well she turns Dorothy Parker’s beautiful poetry into magical folk music. This was recorded and mixed in her bedroom, but the end-result still sounds perfect to me. Warm and lovely. And so effortlessly beautiful. It’s kind of a mystery that something so simple and bare can be as captivating, memorable, timeless and striking as this is. The music finds every corner of your body, even the parts that can’t be located from an anatomy chart. Ballade of a Great Weariness and The Last Question especially hurt and heal me simultaneously every time I listen to them. I would easily believe you, if you told me that this is a lost folk masterpiece from the 70s like Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green. It’s that good. Actually Not so Deep as a Well is the most impressive record of the year so far.
Not So Deep as a Well is a co-release by Feeding Tube Records and Mama Bird Recording Company. Limited vinyl edition is available from Feeding Tube and one of my favourite labels, Mama Bird Recording Company takes care of the digital side. This is Solace from Not So Deep as a Well.