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Most recent release, Heartleap (2014)
Vashti Buyna is the precursor for many contemporary folk artists
For years as I listened to English folk I kept running across Vashti Bunyan's name as one of the major figures of late 60s/early 70s folk, and so many mentions talked about how she had disappeared entirely. Eventually (in 2000) I was able to track down a Spinney re-release of her sole album (at the time), Just Another Diamond Day. Her fragile sound was echoed a little in other female singer songwriters of the time (e.g. Joni Mitchell's early albums), but its influence has been strong in the new psychedelic folk of the 2000s. Interest in her work made people track her down, which led to the release of Lookaftering in 2005.
Recommended first album:
1970; various reissues
Highly recommended for fans of psychedelic folk
Vashti Bunyan—vocals, guiatar
Christopher Sykes—piano, organ
A collection of beautiful and fragile songs sung softly, like they were meant to be whispered to you. (Neile)
U.K. and U.S.
Vashti Bunyan—vocals, guitar, nylon acoustic guitar
Max Richter—Hammond, glockenspiel, backwards glock, wine glasses, piano, recorder, mellotron, fender rhodes, pneumonium, vibraphone
The return of Vashti Bunyan's soft and fragile vocals and gentle tunes after many years. This album is very like her first, in sound and spirit. My favourite song on here is "Here Before", which to my ear makes the very best use of the lovely sound of Vashti vocals and light songwriting. The rest of the album is also lovely too, though! (Neile)
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