Friday, 4 July 2014

Vert (Harmonium, 1975)

If you're a regular reader of this blog (then you're a brave one too) you probablyknow how much I like Harmonium's album "Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison".This is the opening track of the original LP and clearly shows how important folk roots were for this Québec based band. The first half of the song is in fact a traditional ballad, sweet and well arranged, following the style of the hippy era and the group's own taste for smooth and liquid sounds.

Serge Fiori and LouisValois of Harmonium in 2009.

The second and final part is a swingy instrumental one, suspended between jazz and dixieland, including a funny choral section and displaying all the pleasant fantasy these musicians were capable of. I simply love the apparent artlessness of this track, the discreet way it has to gradually pervade my mind and to fill my soul of a bittersweet, out of the blue melancholy.