In case you missed it… Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green was one of the most interesting folk rediscoveries and releases last year. Another lost gem from the early 70’s resurrected and saved from its forgotten past. Before its re-release last year, her songs had only been heard on the soundtrack to Wim Wenders “Alice in the Cities”. Although she often draws comparisons to Drake and Bunyan, I think those comparisons are often fleeting and overly referenced due to lack of knowledge. If anything I would compare her to early Leonard Cohen. Regardless, Colour Green stands out for its own unique merits and has quickly become one of my favorite folk albums. Highly recommended. From the release and two of my favorite songs by her follow:
“Colour Green” was recorded in Germany in the 1970-1973.
In a particularly dark and moody period of her young life, Claudine, a friend of Sibylle’s, dragged her out from under the bed and took her on a road trip to Strasbourg, ending up across the Alps in Genoa.
Upon the return from this trip Sibylle felt her sprits renewed and she set out to write the song “Remember the Day”, grateful for being alive. It was the first song she ever wrote. Her music is simply amazing in its intimacy and closeness. Recorded in the late 70’s in her home on a reel to reel recording device, the songs on “Colour Green” are intimate portraits of life’s sad and fragile beauty. It is a gem of an album that will blow your mind. Sibylle is a star who chose to shine for her friends and family instead of the whole world.