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Heather Leigh
Glory Days
Boomkat Editions | Documenting Sound
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July 3, 2020


Mastered by Rashad Becker

Heather Leigh is a musical polymath in the truest sense of the word; primarily known as an influential practitioner of pedal steel guitar, her work is impossible to pigeonhole - all-over-the-place in the best way, from collaborations with Peter Brötzmann and Shackleton to a properly mind-bending duo of albums for Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ and Editions Mego - hers is a sound that’s both highly sensual and aesthetically aggressive, beautiful and fearless. Her ‘Glory Days’ album for Documenting Sound has now been remastered and pressed on vinyl - and is, for our money - one of the most intangible yet open-hearted pop records of recent times.

Composed, performed & mixed by Heather Leigh “at home with the window open” in Glasgow, ‘Glory Days’ contains a shocking half hour of music; a 13 track opus that is, by any measure, nothing short of a modernist folk masterpiece. Recorded quickly and instinctively in April this year and described by David Keenan as sounding like “a cross between Meredith Monk, DOME and A Guy Called Gerald”, it continues to reveal new dimensions with every listen.

Played on pedal steel guitar, synthesiser and cuatro, and featuring Heather Leigh’s voice throughout, the songs here capture a sense of physical longing wrapped in a boundless creative energy. What started out as hours of diaristic recordings quickly became honed and crafted into powerful and highly memorable songs vast in scope and depth of feeling. It’s hard to fathom that these 13 songs were made on the hoof, they capture that most elusive of artistic qualities - an urge to continuously evolve.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 All I Do Is Lust 2:20 Buy

    All I Do Is Lust

  2. 2 Molly 3:27 Buy
  3. 3 In Fade 2:17 Buy
  4. 4 Aretha 0:45 Buy
  5. 5 Du Fromme 1:32 Buy
  6. 6 Phrases On The Mount 4:55 Buy

    Phrases On The Mount

  7. 7 Death Switch 2:21 Buy
  8. 8 In The View Of Time 1:53 Buy

    In The View Of Time

  9. 9 Take Just A Little 2:23 Buy

    Take Just A Little

  10. 10 Island 2:30 Buy
  11. 11 The Peace Of Wild Things 0:55 Buy

    The Peace Of Wild Things

  12. 12 Fire Lately 3:17 Buy
  13. 13 Riding 1:40 Buy

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