10/3/14 – Sibylle Baier – Colour Green – 1970 – 73/2006

Sibylle Baier - Colour Green - Cover Art 1707:73 - 2006In a lovely tale of undiscovered music finally seeing the light of day, Sibylle Baier’s story is rather heart warming. Baier is German (although you’d never know it) and in the late sixties and early seventies she wrote songs and recorded this album onto a reel to reel tape recorder betweeen 1970 -1973. She was also an actress working with Wim Wenders but ultimately decided to dedicate her life to bringing up a family in America. Her son Robby found the tapes and made CD’s for family members also giving a copy to J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. He passed it on to Orange Twin records who released her record more than 30 years later in 2006.

What’s it like? Well think Bridget St. John or an early seventies English folk singer that you’ve never heard. Melancholy and moody, nylon string arpeggios that sometime have the atmosphere of unheard Leonard Cohen songs. Songs of a young girl delicately played and expressing what she felt inside about herself and her surroundings in a rare and humble honesty.

Last track Give Me A Smile has a string section and bass that I presume was recorded later.