The story of folk singer Vashti is a fascinating one: born in 1945, her debut Just Another Diamond Day flopped in 1970, and she disappeared from view, reappearing in 2000 by which time it had gained cult status and been re-released. Five years later came Lookaftering and now, never one to rush things, we have her third.
Heartleap is a quiet, thoughtful record for solitary listening through headphones which also sounds like it would work wonderfully in a church. No surprise, then, to find that she chose to play her most recent show at exactly such a venue.
Vashti may be almost 70 but she sings like a young girl while the music sounds like every note and sound has been put together painstakingly and with utmost care. There’s a gentle rhythm to opener Across The Water, the short but satisfying The Boy is a fascinating romantic vignette and the great Shell is the closest she gets to pop.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh