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Camille Delean — Cold House Burning
(Bandcamp New Habitat NHR-002, 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-11-13

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French Canadian singer-sonwriter Camille Delean released her second album in July 2020. Camille’s music is new to me. What I can gather from the internet is that her debut album, Music on the Grey Mile, was full of youthful enthusiasm. In contrast Cold Home Burning was written from, through, and about isolation. The ten songs focus on solitude brought on by sudden illness, a personal event that occurred well before the pandemic. And song titles like “Idle Fever out of Tune,” “Afraid of People,” and “Saturn Gravity” take on new meaning. Interestingly, Camille does not wallow in darkness or self-pity. She is constantly aiming for something in each of her songs. Camille has a beautiful contralto voice that she uses effectively to communicate the melancholy sadness in each song. Her style reminds me of Tim Bowness. The songs are somber, but the catchy hooks make you want to sing along. Cold Home Burning is an enjoyable listening experience. For example, the single “Fault Line (Late July)” is an upbeat pseudo Western ballad with a galloping beat offset by Camille’s sad voice. And for some reason “Flash Flood Milieu Interieur “ reminds me of the Irish folk song “Wild Mountain Thyme.” So, if you are looking for some good music to help while away the hours as you practice social distancing, check out Camille Delean and Cold Home Burning.

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