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- Cut The Line by Heidi Harris
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Heidi Harris’s first CD ‘In The Lee’ may well have been the most limited release ever to lay its hands on our coveted Album of the Week trophy when it came out last April, her brittle, minimal folk compositions quickly winning us over with their intangible, delicate beauty. Since then further CDs on Reverb Worship have brought us up to date with her work to date, and this week I’m happy to see that her first vinyl release is finally upon us with this very limited LP (the one I’m reviewing is numbered 5 of 100). Mike’ll be gutted it turned up on his week off because I know he’s a big fan.
Harris’s hushed aesthetic is showcased beautifully on the 10 tracks contained on here, from loopedelic fevered hums and whispers of ‘Animal Insect’ to haunted passages of clarinet and piano and backwards tapes to more conventional songwriting stripped back to its most basic constituent parts like the plaintive harp and vocal lament ‘Carved In’ which is like a sultry, depressive Joanna Newsom until a beautiful light-through-the-clouds moment towards the end as some sweeping strings and vocal harmonies are gradually introduced. Slow and quiet but devastatingly effective.
If you’re a fan of the CDs on Reverb Worship you’ll be blown away by this, and if you like so many are new to Heidi Harris I’d recommend investing in this strange, quiet gem full of mystery and physicality while it’s still about. It’s a real pleasure of this job to get to see talents like hers blossom and I look forward to hearing what she comes up with next.
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