Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap

Review of Heartleap by Vashti Bunyan.

It’s been almost 45 years since the release of UK Folk singer Vashti Bunyan’s debut album Just Another Diamond Day – and 2014 marks the release of her third studio album Heartleap.
Heartleap is the first album in which Vashti has been in control of the whole music process: writing, arranging, playing and recording. Despite the success of the 2000 re-release of Just Another Diamond Day, and 2005’s Lookaftering, Vashti has insisted this album will be her last.

Lookaftering displayed various elements of musical progression, larger production, collaborations and each song possessed the ability to stand alone. However, Heartleap bears more similarities to the first album and her material prior to it. The arrangement for each track is very simple and stripped back, with little difference between each song. With Vashti taking control of the entire recording process, the album comes across as something very personal and seems to be music made for herself as opposed to her listeners.

With almost have a century of making music, it’s almost unbelievable that there’s been so little change or evolution as an artist. Folk is becoming increasingly dynamic on the music scene and it’s difficult to say how Heartleap will fare against the best.

6/10 Emily Beaumont

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