Annelies Monseré – Mares

Annelies Monseré – Mares Anxious Magazine

Horn of Plenty casts its gaze into the thriving contemporary Belgian underground with Annelies Monseré’s Mares, a remarkable body of experimental compositions that taps the deep well of raw, emotive expression rumbling below numerous traditions of European folk music.

As a member of Ghent’s experimental music scene, over the past two decades Annelies Monseré has slowly refined a singular approach to musicality, moving from the sparse, instrumental piano works from that defined her early career, toward increasingly complex arrangements of instrumentation that offer a central place to her own voice, issued by noteworthy imprints such as Morc Tapes, Stroom, and three:four. Like her work within the widely celebrated ensemble, Luster, as well as Distels, her duo with Steve Marreyt, Monseré’s solo efforts establish a strikingly beautiful and remarkably unique territory that elegantly balances between rigorous experimentalism, minimalism, drone, and folk.

Recorded between 2016 and 2022, Mares is arguably best approached through the song that marked its inception and conclusion, a rendition of Cyril Tawney’s Sally Free & Easy. Written in 1958 and popularised by Pentangle during the early 1970s…  more


released March 3, 2023

Music, voice, lyrics by Annelies Monseré (keyboard, drum computer, accordian, indian harmonium, bass guitar and melodica).

*written by Cyril Tawney with additional vocals by Tim Depraetere, Steve Marreyt and Glen Steenkiste.

Recorded and mixed by Annelies in Ghent, Belgium between 2017 and 2022.

Layout and design by Karolina Kołodziej.

Mastered by Mikey Young.