Not So Deep As A Well: Vinyl LPBR017LP
Label: Basin Rock
Release Date: 17th November
Myriam Gendron's intimate folk interpretations of the poetry of Dorothy Parker gets a much needed reissue by the inimitable British folk label Basin Rock. 'Not So Deep...' is a perfect folk record, a performance captured with no embellishments, just a focus on the beauty of a picked guitar and the pureness of storytelling.
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Nearly 10 years since it's initial release Myriam Gendron's cult classic debut finally gets a full European physical release + 2 new tracks not on the original version.
"It felt like both a trove of unearthed ancient folk and a fresh, immediate expression of a new voice." Pitchfork
Equal parts soft and sorrowful, Myriam Gendron’s stunning Not So Deep As A Well LP became something of a sleeper hit upon its initial release back in 2014. Her debut album shone a warm lamp-light glow upon a curious and captivating new voice in the Quebecois folk world.
Nearly ten years on from its release in her native Canada and America, Not So Deep As A Well gets a European release for the first time this autumn, with a new pressing on the Basin Rock label (Julie Byrne, Aoife Nessa Frances, Trevor Beales, Juni Habel) which features two tracks not included on the original release - ‘Bric-à-brac’ and ‘The Small Hours’ - both written and recorded in the early days of 2014.
Recorded alone in her apartment, with no knowledge of sound engineering, it could almost be a lost artefact, a dust-lined document of a forgotten time and place. Taking the poems of Dorothy Parker, whose work Gendron stumbled upon by chance in a Montreal bookstore, she imbues the words with a graceful, gentle expression, a lingering sense of sorrow always present.
A stark, spellbinding collection, Not So Deep As A Well is raw and unyielding in so many ways we no longer expect to hear. As if sitting in the room with her, Gendron’s voice is cracked and unadorned, quietly forced into a push and pull between