Vashti Bunyan, “Across the Water”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.16.14 in Listen to This

Vashti Bunyan has lost none of her deeply stirring, almost-primordial grace in the nine years since the English folk singer’s last album, Lookaftering (and one-off Animal Collective collaboration, the Prospect Hummer EP). At least, that’s to judge by “Across the Water,” the first track from Bunyan’s upcoming third album, Heartleap, which arrives stateside on October 7 via DiCristina and in the U.K. on October 6 via FatCat. Though the LP features guest vocals from Devendra Banhart and Vetiver‘s Andy Cabic, the whole thing is self-produced in a way the artist compares to her revered 1970 debut, Just Another Diamond Day, and here the effect is definitely one of solitary, slightly melancholy reflection: “Fall into sleep / As the sun comes up,” Bunyan begins, in her wise, bird-like lilt, amid gorgeously traipsing guitar and delicate chimes of kalimba. Serenity now, as ever.