Hélène Renaut’s, The Deer Convention
When I first discovered the music of Ms. Renaut, I assumed she was from a French-speaking area of Canada. Well, actually she resides in San Francisco and her latest creation, ‘The Deer Convention’ has been ably recorded by Jason Quever of ‘Papercuts’ fame. Her musical renderings remind me of beautiful watercolor paintings of landscapes with tulips or the charm of an English garden. One my favorite compositions is ‘Bumblebee‘, which you really need to experience in the video below (it is also available in glorious HD). The beautiful old wood bed at the start of the movie, embracing the artist, is a sanctuary of softness and repose—alone worth the price of admission. Hélène has an enchanting voice and skillfully commands the acoustic guitar, drawing this listener into her reflections on life and a gentle revealing of some pages from her personal journey.
Hélène’s long-awaited album is being released as a limited (250) edition vinyl with download card on March 9th and digitally on March 1st.
Recorded by Jason Quever (Papercuts) at PanAmerican Studios, The Deer Convention features guest appearances by Matt Montgomery (Adam Haworth Stevens), Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards, 13th Month), Jasmyn Wong (Skygreen Leopards), members of The Mumlers, and Quever himself. The 12′ limited edition vinyl, with a sweet cover designed by Simone Rubi (Feist, Kings of Convenience).