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Boomkat Product Review:
Newly expanded edition of a timeless Quebecois folk gem issued to hushed acclaim in 2014 and sure to pique attention from new ears to Myriam Gendron’s livication of Dorothy Parker’s poetry
Remarkably, considering its accomplished air, ‘Not so Deep as a Well’ features Myriam Gendron’s maiden solo home recordings. Put to tape with no prior knowledge of recording, the 9-song suite depicts Gendron alone in her apartment. Taking the poems of Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), discovered in a Montreal bookstore, Gendron inhabits and imbues their words with a uncanny familiarity that faithfully brings Parker’s sense of melancholy to life as we’d like to imagine they were intended.
Framed with her dusty, plaintive guitar, they resemble a long-lost and found artefact as she lists from the elegance of ‘Threnody’ to the gentle setting of ‘Song of Perfect Propriety’, enlivening the folk-blues of ‘The False Friends’ and wistful ballads with an ideal balance of old soul and fresh bittersweetness.