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VASHTI BUN­YAN Heartleap Fat Cat

There are many fan­tas­tic yarns in Vashti Bun­yan’s back-story, be it her dis­cov­ery by Rolling Stones’ man­ager An­drew Loog Old­ham to the years spent trav­el­ling ru­ral Scot­land and Ire­land in a horse­drawn wagon. Yet there’s only been two al­bums to date (1970’s Just Another Di­a­mond Day and 2005’s Look af­ter­ing), mak­ing a Bun­yan re­lease a bit of a rar­ity. Here, on what she claims will be her last al­bum, the as­pects which led many to cham­pion her are present and cor­rect: the breathy, frag­ile voice; the home­spun folk tales and melan­cholic, in­ti­mate moods. In the back- ground, a gen­tle soundbed of guitars, strings and key­boards pro­vide some sem­blance of bal­last to her voice and the songs. Jel­ly­fish and The Boy are the ones which come with the most res­o­nance, each find­ing a peg to hang onto in the midst of the soft waves of sounds which dom­i­nate.fat-cat.co.uk

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