Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sibylle Baier - Colour Green

What can best be described as a "lost treasure" this album was recorded in Germany on a reel-to-reel between 1970 - 73 and it was intended only for Sibylle's family and friends. More than thirty years later her son, Robby, had the album released. Colour Green is hauntingly beautiful, both stark and rich and filled with astonishing emotional honesty. Sibylle has a voice reminiscent of Vashti Bunyan, but with more spare guitar compositions and melancholy vocal delivery. Like Bunyan, Baier turned away from what could have been a successful career in order to raise a family. It's only because of her son that these recordings are being heard at all. But unlike Bunyan, these songs don't derive from a back to nature hippie-folk aesthetic, rather they are intimate portraits of life's fragile beauty. Highly recommended!

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