Few records in our collection could instantly silence the room at In Sheep’s Clothing quite like Emmanuelle Parrenin’s Maison Rose. Recorded in 1977 with the golden era of folk on its last leg, Maison Rose is a collection of dreamy folk ballads and a few avant-garde experiments imbued with an undefinable mythic aura that conjures remote regions of France with fairytale wonder. Parrenin was raised in a family steeped in old traditions, with her mother playing the harp, her father the violin, and Emmanuel taking to ballet as a child. Maison Rose‘s title and cover are an homage to her childhood home where those musical influences were inherited. The cover looks just like the book jacket of an old collection of fables, while the music contained is chock full of gentle enchanting lullabies with just enough darkness to resemble ancestral nursery rhymes. A masterpiece of experimental folk and an ISC classic with echoes of Bridgette Fontaine, Vashti Bunyan, and Linda Perhacs. Highly recommended!
Recommended – A2 Plume Blanche, Plume Noire, A3 Liturgie, A4 Thibault Et L’Arbre D’Or, B1 Topaze
Tags: Experimental / Folk / Pastoral / Reissue