Some albums truly exemplify the term lost gem. Their lack of acclaim notwithstanding, its their lack of availability in their original pressing that's sometimes heartbreaking. With the widespread popularity of folk and the relatively inexpensive ability of anyone to acquire an acoustic guitar easily; it seemed that everyone was a bedroom folk singer in the 60's. Many that fell by the wayside probably fell for a reason but a few folk singers crafted fragile beautiful testaments to be lost almost forever. Some of the most heartfelt of the genre belong to a certain breed of maudlin female singers with angelic voices and penchants for describing life with a sad eyed perspective. Thankfully someone cared enough to make their voices heard.

Sibylle Baier - Colour Green
This once lost album has garnered much acclaim not only in collector's circles but in the arena of indie rock as well thanks to the attention of Orange Twin records. Sibylle was able to take a particularly dark period in her life and translate it into
songs that capture the beautiful melancholy of daily life. Many of her songs deal with everyday occurrences and emotions without superfluous prose surrounding the meanings. Recorded in her home with a reel to reel recorder the sound is incredibly intimate like flipping through pages in a diary. Her honesty is almost overwhelming. Sybille never recorded the tracks with the idea of widespread acceptance and this translates into a complete lack of self-consciousness. Her songs are simply and extension of herself; beautiful, fragile, and true.
[MP3] Sibylle Baier - Wim
[MP3] Sibylle Baier - Tonight
Buy Sibylle Baier

Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms Perhacs' record had become a bit of a collector's holy grail for some time. Recorded by a friend in and released in a small quantity in 1970. The original was pressed in very bad quality and reissued a few times with a needledrop transfer that did no
justice to the songs. Thankfully reissued by a longtime fan on Wild Places this year. Her voice is delicate and wistful much like Vashti Bunyan to whom she is often compared. Unlike Bunyan, however Perhacs music is imbued with an adventurous sense of psychedelia and sonic textures. Parallelograms is full of layered vocals and swirling effects. The whole album is sung from a distant perspective, humanly familiar but at the same time otherworldly as if the music were projected through an expanse of space and hushed to a whisper out of your speakers.
[MP3] Linda Perhacs - Moons and Cattails
[MP3] Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm so glad i stumbled upon your blog. the sibylle baier tracks are wonderful.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also like to say thank you for Sibylle's songs!

10:59 PM  

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