“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a perfectly poised singer songwriter with delicate heft from Brooklyn and now based in Oregon. She has played in Efterklang, Horse Feathers, the live bands of Laura Gibson, Lisa Hannigan, and Damien Jurado, and has also been a longtime collaborator and bandmate to Sharon Van Etten. Her own third album “Invitation” is coming out on 19 April on the Western Vinyl label and we’re pleased to welcome to VS, Heather Woods Broderick

The Pacific North West is an American outlier but it’s fecund ground right now for an evocative slew of pastoral, evocative, majestic music as windswept and quietly furious as the rugged coastal landscape itself, not least the brilliant Marissa Anderson, so it seems only right that the natural folkish charm of Heather Woods Broderick would be drawn here. That and the fact that she spent many a childhood summer day-trip here in amongst the sand dunes, rock pools and craggy outcrops, landscapes that could launch a multitude of mournful lament and odes of latent power. It’s a seaside of sorrowful sojourn, barbed with hooks like the tendrils of a kraken surrounding a lonely schooner.

But what intriguing nugget did Heather choose as her “song for ewe”? Without further ado…

“”Famosa” by Alex Cobb from his record “Marigold and Cable” out on Shelter Press (http://shelter-press.org/) in 2014.

I picked this record up on a whim because I liked the cover and it quickly became a favorite of mine. Then I discovered that Alex Cobb has released many records on the label he runs – Students of Decay – but this record was an offshoot and a real gem.

“Famosa” conjures the feeling I get when I hear an orchestra warming up/tuning- a sound that has many times been my favorite part of an orchestral performance. It’s a warm blanket kind of feeling that sounds to me like waking up. Famosa is one of my favorites to put on in the quiet of an early morning.”

“Invitation” is out on 19 April, you can pre-order it here…

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Many thanks to HWB and to Frankie Davison at Stereo Sanctity PR