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Monday, July 20, 2009

MP3 (And Mission Creek Pick) of the Day: Helene Renaut and Emily Jane White

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM

click to enlarge Hélène Renaut
  • Hélène Renaut
Tonight the Mission Creek Music Festival continues giving indie acts props, as the music showcase moves into its second week. Forget your Monday blahs with lovely folk tunes from French born Hélène Renaut and local silvery-voiced songstress Emily Jane White. SF Weekly freelancer Ryan Foley writes that Renaut's "simple tenderness evokes fellow Frenchwoman Françoise Hardy; her sparse approach, Marissa Nadler."

He adds that her "complex acoustic guitar parts are trimmed with playful glockenspiel,

trombone, and soft percussion. But what's most charming about the

Brittany-born, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter is how she dresses

up adult motifs in kids' attire. Rather than

showing the singer circumventing grown-up crises, these songs offer the

realization that adolescence can be damn fun, especially set against

folk music that simultaneously makes you blush and squirm."

Check out the tune "Bumblebee" here, and check out Renaut and White tonight at Cafe du Nord.


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