songs like high-country rivers; pure, rippling, and flecked with gold.
Through dusty roads and heartbreak’s soul, Marin Patenaude deftly stitches together an urban edge with the waving grasses of country folk. Layered, living and inspirited by wildness, Marin’s voice is strong and comes straight from the heart. A purity in her lyric pairs with the complexity of her composition, demonstrating her poetic restraint and focus. With the 2016 release of her debut album, the self-titled Marin Patenaude and the Follow Through, years of practice are distilled into a potent potion of ‘Confessional Folk’.
Raised in rural Horsefly BC, Marin’s musical acumen is a family affair. She is the younger sister of Juno-award winning Pharis Romero (Pharis and Jason Romero) and they were raised on harmony and sawdust in a family band of Folk and Country. Extensive vocal training through the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Capilano College’s Jazz program led to a nationally accredited voice and a style that through phrasing and melodic choices is clearly her own. She’s an accomplished piano player and plays and old guitar like a long lost lover. Momentum has followed her sound since 2016 saw her open for Sarah McLachlan at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre during the Vancouver International Jazz Fest.
Marin’s love of nature, magic and the human condition transform under her skillful charms. You can feel the landscapes of her youth saturate songs like No Sleeping it Off and Take You By Surprise, while the tension of woe and letting go cascade through on The Dark and Go Home. What this artist has mastered in the craft of songwriting is a structure and form that contains the depth of her genuine vulnerability. It’s truth and transcendence like a satisfying sip of wine or whiskey that strikes musical gold.
Sometimes compared to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and K.D. Lang, Marin’s affinity with these artists alludes to the full, rich quality of her voice and profundity of her composition.
“It’s a rarity to find an artist who is just as comfortable in the green fields of country/roots as they are in the smoky city backrooms of jazz and soul” – Michael Brennan (Ride The Tempo)
“Her songs were so pure and deep. Her voice, otherworldly. She was really absorbed in the music and so was I. She got me good.” - Ben Arsenault (Real Ponchos) Georgia Straight
“Sinuously seductive earworms to bleakly heartbroken balladry” – Alex Varty (Georgia Straight)