Vashti Bunyan

Not unlike Linda Perhacs, who had an incredible return this year, Vashti Bunyan was an artist who released her only album in 1970 with little fanfare but gradually, patiently, over decades became something of a legend. Her debut, Just Another Diamond Day, is now considered a classic. After returning to music as a hero to many contemporary artists in 2005 with the collaborative Animal Collective EP, Prospect Hummer, she released the very good sophomore album Lookaftering 35 years after her debut. Now Bunyan has announced her third album, titled Heartleap, and it sounds even more exciting. Lookaftering had all the qualities of a long-overdue return and had the personnel to match: Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Robert Kirby, and produced by Max Richter. Heartleap, on the other hand, was mostly recorded and produced by Bunyan herself, alone in her home studio, Pitchfork reports. No other details yet, but this is really something to look forward to.

Heartleap will be released by FatCat.

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  1. The Prospect Hummer EP has some of the best Animal Collective songs. Vashti’s vocals on “I Remember Learning How To Dive” are beautiful. “Baleen Sample” is a personal favorite.

    I’ve only listened to “Lookaftering” and recall it being fairly short. Pretty excited for “Heartleap” and would like to see her collaborate with another band/artist.

    Who would be a good match for a Vashti collaboration I wonder…

    • LOVE Prospect Hummer. Definitely one of their top EPs and Vashti sounds great throughout. I know that they won’t, but I would love to see the two pair up again. I am a Sung Tongs era enthusiast so I am praying for Animal Collective to revisit their acoustic side in the near future.

  2. oh, exciting! was definitely not expecting this news, but now i’m highly anticipating the new record. she’s a great talent.

    didn’t think much of “lookaftering” when it came out, but it grew on me quite a bit over the years. it’s a very beautiful record. “just another diamond day” is a timeless classic, and her early pop stuff compiled on the “some things just stick in your mind” release is also worthwhile.

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