“My fragrance collaboration with House of Matriarch started as a long-ago wish. The last time I passed through Seattle on tour with Metric, HoM Creatrix Christi Meshell had left a very special gift for me in my dressing room, a curated selection of some of her most intoxicating scents: Trillium, Black No 1, Madrona, Orca... I was fascinated by the names etched into these gorgeous blue bottles in copper, and I loved the way that inhaling these mysterious combinations of florals and earth and wood made me feel. This was definitely not perfume as I had experienced it within the conventional realms of headache-inducing magazine samples and those faux glitzy duty-free zones in airports. This was its magical opposite.
I imagined myself creating my own signature scent someday with House of Matriarch but it wasn’t until I had completed Choir of the Mind that I finally worked up the nerve to reach out to Ms. Meshell and just straight-up ask. To my delight and surprise, she responded to my message immediately with a resounding YES (along with an impressive knowledge of the entire Metric discography and mythology.)
Turns out she was as fond of collaborations as I am, (the trio of Twin Peaks scents she created with David Lynch for example), and in no time we were delving into possibilities. Having embarked on this knowing nothing, I learned a lot in a very short period of time. Christi generously guided me through the process, starting with dozens of options, teaching me the components of each scent profile and the possibilities that exist within them, honing in on the elements I responded to most through a meticulous series of questions and responses. And so it is with great pleasure that I present to you to my latest labor of love... Siren.”
Siren is composed of a base of amber, Moroccan rose and East Indian sandalwood with saffron, narcissus and Gandhi root top notes. It is pure perfume of the highest concentration possible. The sleeves around the bottles are personally autographed by Emily Haines. Watch Cascade Scents interview with Emily Haines here.
Dark Forest, Siren’s companion incense is a 100% natural cone created around the sacred Palo Santo. Used by shamans for centuries, it was sourced from the Yucatan Peninsula. Copal, frankincense, hemp, cedar wood and evergreens represent fragrant treasures from every corner of the globe. Dark Forest offers a mystical and expansive fragrance experience not experienced with artificial incenses.
A limited quantity of both Siren and Dark Forest will be exclusively available on the upcoming Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton Choir of the Mind Tour. A select number of bottles of Siren will be available on the House of Matriarch online shop.
Siren featured in FASHION Magazine
Fragrantica review: "Siren is a big wide hug of a perfume. It has a potent opening, roots, florals, and on my skin remains very woody throughout. I smell more orange blossom than iris - I actually sprayed some Serge Lutens Fleur D’Oranger on a strip to help me acclimatize to what I was smelling – I’m still working on it, and that’s why I find Siren captivating. As it develops it has a subdued confidence. I think it will be very different on different people. As the projection draws in after a few hours I sense the amber in the drydown I think, but never much rose, blending with the woods into a fuzzy and soft woolly blanket." Alibama68
Siren is vegan, cruelty free, halal and unofficially kosher. Free of animal products, SD40, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, silicone,dpg and nitro musks.