CD £8.49 RW 231
Ltd CDr on Reverb Worship. Edition of 57 copies in handmade mulberry paper sleeve.
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- Sketch by Heidi Harris
Brooklyn’s super prolific Heidi Harris came out with her first vinyl release a few weeks ago, ‘Cut The Line’, in which she introduced some more intricate tape-loopery to her skeletal alien post-folk songwriting style. This ‘Sketch’ CD on Reverb Worship, then, is something of a companion piece of more stripped back tracks and alternate versions of songs which appeared on previous releases.
Harris’s aesthetic revolves around loose, barely-there instrumentation and dreamy vocals often layered into spooky reverbed harmonies which swell and recede in quite an affecting way, with her arrangements centring around piano, guitar, clarinet, and the occasional weird homemade instrument like what sounds like a cigar box guitar in ‘Smoking Gun’.
An early highlight is ‘Dropping Thrones (Rainy Day Recording)’, a piano-led lament with plangent vocals and heartstring-tugging melodies which I’m sure I recognise from one of her first couple of CDs. In ‘Test’ you can hear her playing around with the more elaborate looping techniques which are evident on the new LP, and ‘Not Flamingoes’ sees a surprise synthesizer make an appearance in a dreamy otherworldly piece which sounds great.
The tracks selected here are a mixture of superior versions of songs from previous hard to find releases and experimental numbers which showcase sides to Harris which haven’t really been on display in previous releases. Right up there with the first two CDs I think. It’s super-limited (only 57!) with hand made packaging too so I don’t expect these to last very long.
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