"The most piercing element of Cut the Line is its use of repetition. As the title indicates, Harris’s fourth full length presents the process of separation. This presentation is deliberately calculated and refined: Harris’s goal while writing was to “create songs that covered as many different perspectives as [she] could imagine.” Whether it is lyrically, such as the playful vocals in “Oh My,” or instrumental, such as the dynamic riff in “Maple,” perspective is accomplished through repetition. In both cases, the consistent repetition and intentionally subtle variations lend an encompassing ambience to beautifully unembellished tracks.
Harris intended to build on the loose “in the moment” style of recording she had done in the past with this release. There are certainly still moments of lively and disorienting experimentation, but the music never seems out of reach. “Carved In” contains a very pop influenced vocal melody that eventually gives way to a free flowing, liberated harp section – an instrument in which Harris experimented with here for the first time. Overall, Cut the Line is grounded in amicably layered vocals and very fitting minimalistic production. Harris also called on a variety of artists to fill out the album, including Teletextile and Inner Ocean’s own Cory Zaradur, Porya Hatami, Sima Kim and Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián. Cut the Line is an accomplished and thoroughly structured album that still manages to capture the energizing feel of a relaxed impromptu performance."
Heidi is a self taught musician focusing on a variety of styles. Her creative practice is based on her understanding of, and intimacy with, traditional and non-traditional sound sources. She plays clarinet, harmonica, portuguese guitar, classical guitar, ukulele, piano, melodica, synthesizer, electric cello, theremin, various percussions, and other instruments - electronic and acoustic. She attended the Institute of Audio Research in NY. focusing on the process of recording and producing and went on to record several self released albums.
Her new album “Cut The Line” comes out on Inner Ocean mid-May, you can pre-order the limited edition 12” Vinyl here.
In the Lee (2011) streaming
Heidi: Oh yes! I have a lot of musical “heros”, for sure! I will start with my very first major influences which would be Bjork, Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Ani Difranco. After those artists, I became fascinated with more avant garde works such as John Cage, Margaret Leng Tan, Arthur Russel, Robert Wyatt and Luc Ferri. I’ve very recently been influenced and inspired by artists such as Darius Greene, Soley, Tune~Yards, Josephine Foster, Peggy Sue, Plinth, Orion Rigel Domisse and many others… all of these artists inspire me in many different ways and it would be very difficult for me to explain just how they inspire me but put simply, the music created by these musicians is a comfort to me… as if the music they write is a way to listen to natures voice and also to hear the magic around us speak! The work they create means the world to me.