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- Dream Fodder by Heidi Harris
8/10 Mike Staff review, 11 December 2012
Brooklynite Heidi Harris is back with another CD of her haunted minimal neofolk/weirdpop stylings on Reverb Worship - her fourth in the less than nine months! Phil thinks it’s fuller and more produced-sounding than her first three, too. I’m not so sure about that but maybe he’s right.
To me it seems like business as usual for Harris, sultry layered vocals over spacious lo-fi melodies on piano, cello and all manner of noisemakers, all contributing to a slow, ethereal pop style which is quite seductive and silky, but also with enough weirdness to keep it from getting too bland - in fact towards the end there’s quite a bit of messing around with strange otherworldly loops which is a bit of a departure.
It does feel a little hit-and-miss compared to previous outings but I’m honestly not sure if that’s because four albums into the year I’m simply starting to weary of her style or if the earlier ones were just more consistent. That said if you’ve heard her previous CDs I think you’ll have a very good idea of what to expect on this one, and there’s plenty more of that organic-sounding minimal prettiness on this latest disc here.
ADDENDUM: Heidi got in touch to let us know that the most recent two CDs, this one and 'Storm Story', are actually reissued collections of recordings she has made from 2008 to now, while 'Sand In The Line' was recorded in 2010-11 and my personal fave 'In The Lee' took her most of 2011, so to say she's made four albums in nine months is something of an untruth, but does go some way to explaining why I liked those first two the best.
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