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Heather Woods Broderick played in Sharon Van Etten’s band. Now she’s going solo. Her new LP, Invitation, was recorded on the Oregon coast. It would seem that the huge rock formations and towering pine trees tempered by the miles of desolate beaches, and the silvering driftwood have informed the ebb and flow of this album. If you’re a fan of Sharon Van Etten, Weyes Blood, Julia Holter, Julianna Barwick or Marissa Nadler, then you should check this out. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

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Invitation by Heather Woods Broderick
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7/10 Will Staff review, 17 April 2019

‘Invitation’ is the new record from American composer Heather Woods Broderick. It’s a subtle and gently magisterial work that takes in folk, ambient, and tinges of Americana. The focal point is always Broderick’s voice, which rises, falls, croons, and intones, and draws every song together neatly. There’s a run towards the beginning of ‘Nightcrawler’ that genuinely gave me goosebumps. I think it’s been manipulated digitally, using some autotune software, and it just got me thinking about ‘Invitation’ reminaged into minimal electronica. WOW. Like Aphex Twin fronted by holy seraphim. There are hints of this, such as the tiny electronic percussion on ‘A Daydream’, or the ambient opening of ‘Where I Lay’, but I would love to hear some more fulsome electronica.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Invitation’. My favourite elements are the almost imperceptible changes, either in music or instrumentation, that happen and completely redefine your appreciation of the album. It takes a very accomplished writer to be able to do that. My only criticisms, nay, pointers, are just based around how I’d love to hear more of the experimental side that sadly only occupies the background of this LP. That said, I will soon be investigating the rest of HWB’s back catalogue.


Heather Woods Broderick - "Where I Lay" - YouTube



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