Aligned With Juniper

by Queen Of The Meadow

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james ferguson Really good songs and arrangements. Favorite track: Rainy Tuesday.
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TR011 - Tiny Room Records 2016

BIO
Helen Ferguson (34 years old, Bordeaux, France) had never touched a guitar nor written a song until she was 27. Her only musical experience consisted of singing in the local church choir. When she finally got a guitar for her birthday, an inevitable urge to write songs came along with it. Parts and pieces from her diary, dealing with several difficult times and events, were used in the lyrics. Every chord she learned from her guitar teacher Julien Pras was immediately used in a new song. Helen’s song book quickly became thicker.

Helen appeared to be a natural talent in creating fragile, timeless folk songs with very personal lyrics. For Aligned With Juniper – under the moniker Queen Of The Meadow – she chose her best songs so far. The intimate arrangements were recorded with a warm and unadorned sound by former guitar teacher (and now spouse) Julien Pras, known from stoner metal band Mars Red Sky (among other bands and projects). He produced the album in their home studio and played half the instruments. Old friend Emily Jane White (Julien and Helen once played in Emily's live band) sang backing vocals on The Bride.

Although it was never her intention to be heard, we are delighted that Aligned With Juniper has not been put on a shelf – with a little lock, next to Helen’s other diaries.

PRESS
OOR: “enchanting acoustic songs”
Caleidoscoop: “an incredible dream debut”
Krenten Uit De Pop: “extremely charming pop songs”
Hifi: “endearing and addictive”
Music Won’t Save You: “Aligned With Juniper is the epitome of immediacy and spontaneity”
Ingeplugd: “the rare flower among all the others in the meadow”
ProgLog Afterglow: “beautiful, frail compositions with fragile vocals”
Rudolfs Music: "a special and intimate album with folk music in its purest form”
Here Comes The Flood: “songs that are both soothing and confident”
Written In Music: “the contradiction in sound, emotion and lyrics makes this album special and versatile” - 4.5/5
Peek-A-Boo: “a strong debut” - 8/10
In De Ban Van: 4/5

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released June 10, 2016

All songs written by Helen Ferguson
Produced and arranged by Queen of the Meadow

Helen Ferguson: lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, metallophone, percussion
Julien Pras: backing vocals, electric guitar, piano, drums and percussion, bass, banjo

Cello on Milkshore Park by Elisa Dignac
Backing vocals on The Bride by Emily Jane White

Recorded and mixed by Julien Pras at Mad Reed
Mastered by Tammo Kersbergen

Cover artwork by Helen Ferguson
Inside picture by Louve Ferguson-Carr
Layout by Thijs Kuijken

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Thank you: Stefan Breuer and Anneke Nieuwdorp, Thijs Kuijken, Aaron Carr, Etienne Bonhomme, Nicolas Auger, Edouard Labarrère, Marie Ferguson, Audrey Fontaine et Nathan Reneaud, Emily Jane White, Elisa Dignac, Tammo Kersbergen, Vincent Dupas, Damien Jurado, Jimmy Kinast and our dear families, friends and colleagues.

To Louve and Willow

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Tiny Room Records is a Dutch record label for underground artists, with a focus on experimental indie rock, lo-fi, noise, ambient, grunge, folk, slowcore, shoegaze, etc.

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