Gabrielle Papillon, The Currency of Poetry

Papillon’s third solo release was recorded in Montreal’s Treatment Room where the likes of Plants and Animals, Timber Timbre and The Stars have worked and it sounds like their spirits have rubbed off on The Currency of Poetry. These simple folk songs are really hard to describe; every track is intimate, catchy yet shockingly beautiful. Definitely inspired by 60’s folk, every track sounds drenched in mysterious melancholy that gives them weight and power – you want to discover the message and it makes for an intriguing listen.

Opening track “Paddle and Row” sets the tone for the first half of this record with sparkling acoustic picking. “Paddle and Row” seems to be about taking on hard times by heading straight into the storm and this theme appears many times throughout the album. “Row” is followed up with “On The Banks” where the arrangement reminded me of Iron & Wine with its lovely melody and beautiful harmonies, again simple and affecting. My highlights of the solo folk set include “Dust to Gold” and “One Small Frame”, both are intoxicating numbers that I love to put on at night.

After “One Small Frame”, the bottom half of this record features Papillon and a (sort of) backing group and it changes the vibe of album for the best. “Like We Go Together”, “Years in Our Bones” and “Outlaws and Criminals” are far more upbeat and perhaps give an insight on what Papillon is preparing for her “fourth and most ambitious project” (as it states in her bio) which is set for a 2012 release date. (Groundswell Records)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Gabrielle Papillon – Official Site

Coming out on October 11th The Currency of Poetry is currently being showcased on a cross Canada while on tour with Kim Wempe be sure to watch out for them in your home town. The tour is hitting Winnipeg on October 12th at The Winnipeg Free Press Cafe

Oct. 19 – The Company House, HALIFAX
Nov. 13 – The Blacksheep Inn, WAKEFIELD, QC
Nov. 16 – The Supermarket, TORONTO
Nov. 17 – The Moonshine Cafe, OAKVILLE
Nov. 18 – London Music Club, LONDON
Nov. 20 – The Cornerstone, GUELPH
Nov. 24 – The Spill, PETERBOROUGH
Nov. 26 – The Acoustic Grill, PICTON
Nov. 28 – Grumpy’s Bar, MONTREAL
Nov. 29 – Casa del Popolo, MONTREAL


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