CD-version. Includes digital pre-order of Ma délire - Songs of love, lost & found. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Includes unlimited streaming of Myriam Gendron : Ma délire - Songs of love, lost & found
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Double LP gatefold scheduled to arrive in December 2021 or January 2022. Pre-order will be available by October 1st.
Arrivée du double vinyle gatefold prévue pour décembre 2021 ou janvier 2022. La précommande sera disponible d'ici au 1er octobre.
releases October 1, 2021
MYRIAM GENDRON Ma Délire - Songs of Love Lost & Found
It has been a while since the release Myriam's acclaimed 2014 debut album, Not So Deep As a Well. The intervening years have brought a smattering of live performances, a bouquet of children, Trump's Pandemic, and much more. For someone who likes to read and ponder as much as Ms. Gendron does, there has been plenty to mull over.
Different concepts for a new album were broached, but the seed of Ma Delire was planted when Myriam recalled a paper she written in university. It was about Leonard Cohen's recording of “The Lost Canadian (Un canadien errant)” from Recent Songs. Ostensibly a cover of an old Quebecois ballad, Cohen stripped away the specificity of the lyrics, tying the song's titular figure to the archetype of The Wandering Jew (cursed to walk the earth after tormenting Jesus)
The theme of this paper returned to Myriam when she had a residency at the Old Mill in Le Bic, QC in August 2016. Benoit Chaput had turned her on to the traditional tune “Au Coeur de ma Délire,” from a 1971 album by Dominique Tremblay and Philippe Gagnon. The song was so haunting, she decided to record it right there in the Mill's boat repair workshop. That is the very recording used here, so you can hear the machines in the background as well as her young daughter, Cleo, adding a word or two.
This started Myriam musing about how the end of the Catholic hegemony in Quebec had the unanticipated consequence of making people think less of traditional Quebecois folk music, because so much of it was soaked in the blood of the lamb. It made sense this music should be explored and updated despite its dogmatic origins. which Cohen had proved could be effectively expunged. Surely there was a way expand this idea in a multiplicity of directions. And so Ma delire began.
Just as the world was shutting down, Myriam was awarded a grant which allowed her the time and space to fully investigate and develop this material. She had spent years sifting through traditional music from Quebec, France and the U.S., highlighting parts of songs and ideas she liked, discarding some she found abhorrent, and merging the good bits with her own writing or other cannibalized shards. At some juncture she flashed on this work's common thread -- its thematic roots were always in one type of romantic longing or another. And so this album came together during the darks days of the General Lockdown. Mixing vocal tracks with instrumentals, singing in both French and English, using a syncretic blend of original, modern and traditional lyrics, Ma délire fearlessly wanders through a universe of its own invention, daring us to open our minds wide enough to take it all in.
Myriam initially recorded with just guitar and vocals. But when she began working with the sound engineer Tonio Morin-Vargas, he had some insightful suggestions about additional instrumentation that might broaden the album's sound without confounding it. Myriam had already planned to ask her friends, Bill Nace and Chris Corsano, to add some things, so the whole shebang evolved as organically as most great records do.
And even though it was long in gestation, it appears to us (its fans) as an instantaneous miracle. And there you have it. Another beaut.
releases October 1, 2021
Guillaume Bourque : bass clarinet on 8
Chris Corsano : drums on 9
Tonio Morin-Vargas : Moog on 3 & 6
Bill Nace : tapes & electric guitar solos on 3
Simon Pagé : harmonium on 8
Ben Paradis : trombone on 12
Myriam Gendron : acoustic & electric guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussions
Guillaume Bourque : clarinette basse sur 8
Chris Corsano : batterie sur 9
Tonio Morin-Vargas : Moog sur 3 & 6
Bill Nace : tapes & solos de guitare électrique sur 3
Simon Pagé : harmonium sur 8
Ben Paradis : trombone sur 12
Myriam Gendron : guitare acoustique & électrique, chant, harmonica, percussions
Songs 9, 11, 12, 13 by Myriam Gendron; 1 by John Jacob Niles; 8 by John Jacob Niles / Myriam Gendron. All other selections: traditional revived by Myriam Gendron. Recorded at home, early 2021. Mixed by Myriam Gendron & Tonio Morin-Vargas. Produced by Myriam Gendron, Eric Villeneuve & Tonio Morin-Vargas. Mastering by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering.
Chansons 9, 11, 12, 13 par Myriam Gendron ; 1 par John Jacob Niles ; 8 par John Jacob Niles / Myriam Gendron. Toutes les autres pièces : traditionnelles ravivées par Myriam Gendron. Enregistré à la maison au début de 2021. Mixé par Myriam Gendron & Tonio Morin-Vargas. Réalisé par Myriam Gendron, Eric Villeneuve & Tonio Morin-Vargas. Matriçage par Harris Newman chez Grey Market Mastering.
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