Heather Woods Broderick

Glider (Western Vinyl)

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Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that’s enduring both for it’s intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on sophomore album, Glider. Throughout, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped.

As a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Heather has had the opportunity to record and tour with Sharon Van Etten, Efterklang, and Horse Feathers, amongst others, which has kept her moving house and traveling around the world for much of the past decade. She’s currently living in Portland, Oregon, but it’s easy to imagine how her peripatetic lifestyle might diminish her sense of a place to call home, while also strengthening her resilience, and her connection to the reassuring constants in her life. Her uncommon sense of ease and grace, despite her hectic life, stems in part from her deeply rooted and intertwined musical and familial background.

Though the songs on Glider aren’t explicitly about touring, her life on the road provides the backdrop and context for her songs that are often about relationships that naturally fade as two people grow apart. “I’ve realized that I really used the songs on Glider and the time I put into writing them as a way to pay some attention to things I’d been putting off, and to find some clarity around certain events,” says Heather. Building on what she learned from her first solo effort, From the Ground (2009), the dynamic structures and emotional complexity of her new songs are evidence of how much she’s grown as a person, as well as a songwriter, singer and performer.

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