Vashti Bunyan has shared more details about Heartleap, her first new album in nearly a decade and reportedly her last. Due out October 7, the self-produced effort features guest vocals from Devendra Banhart and Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic on the song “Holy Smoke,” but is much more of a solo endeavor than Bunyan’s last LP, 2005′s Lookaftering.
“[I] wanted it to be more akin to my very first recordings, pre- [Just Another] Diamond Day,” Bunyan explained in a press release, referring to her debut record, which was originally released in 1970 and reissued for her growing cult following in 2000. “I wanted to see what I could do without using the ideas of others. It would have been much easier had I recorded it with an engineer – I would not have had to spend so much time on editing – but that’s been the interesting part. If I’d taken these songs and gone into a studio with them they might have turned out very differently, perhaps more ‘produced’ – but not as near to how I hear them for myself.”
Since Bunyan can’t play the piano, she embraced synthetic elements over the seven-year course of the Heartleap sessions, something she avoided on Lookaftering.
“I neither read nor write music,” she said, “nor can I play piano with more than one hand at a time, but I have loved being able to work it all out for myself and make it sound the way I wanted. I’ve built these songs over years. The album wouldn’t have happened any other way … I can’t ‘play’ a musician playing their instrument – I can’t make them play each note as I want it, but with a keyboard and a music program I am the player.”
Check out the record’s cover art and complete tracklisting below…
Vashti Bunyan, Heartleap (DiCristina, October 7):
1. Across The Water
2. Holy Smoke
6. The Boy
8. Blue Shed