Heather Woods Broderick – “A Call For Distance”
Yes, Heather Woods Broderick is Peter Broderick’s sister. And yes, she works closely with Sharon Van Etten, and has been a part of Horse Feathers, Efterklang, and plenty of other collaborations. This summer, however, belongs solely to Heather. She’s releasing a new solo album, Glider, through Western Vinyl, and “A Call For Distance” is the first single. It starts like a sunrise, building a New Age, ambient glow until jazzy, percussion and a walking bassline show up right around the two minute mark. Think cosmos meets night club and you’ve got the heart of this song. It’s pretty clear why Broderick is constantly tapped to harmonize with others, as she expertly layers swathes of her own vocals together not just on the lyrics but also in wordless hums mixed throughout. This song seems to expand along its seven minutes, winding in and out of New Age territory in favor of folkier sounds or classic strings. Those familiar with Heather’s brother Peter will hear his production style here, as he handled mixing and dubbing for Glider, but “A Call For Distance” is unmistakably Heather’s — a pristine, sprawling assertion of her own intent. Listen below.