‘While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet’ - Heather Styka - share the journey(October 06, 2014)
Listening to ‘While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet’, the new album from Heather Styka, I’m once again struck by the power of the essential poetry that pours through her lyrics. The ingredients - her words, gentle melodies and pure vocal delivery all combine to seal their message deep in your soul. Within each song you’re sharing the artist’s observations and insights, and it’s an easy undertaking to share the journey.
As with her previous album, selecting individual songs from ‘While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet’ is a hard task. That’s because there’s a definite ‘flow’ making it important that you listen to and absorb the ‘whole’ in its entirety. ‘Careful With My Heart’ is simply stunning in its understanding of the fear of breaking down our personal ‘walls’ and making that connection one to another, this perception reflects again through the gentle hope in ‘Emily’ – listen to the lines: “We’re all just walking each other home while this planet spins beneath out feet.” That’s special. There’s a wider examination about finding a place in this world through songs like the narrative of ‘Caspian Sea’ and the sanguine truths of ‘Birch Log’, while the soft caress of acoustic guitar and piano take ‘Limbs’ and its meditative story into a truly arresting place.
To prove that memories still remain even though it’s possible take the girl out of Chicago, listen to ‘Diversey Harbour’ and if there was ever a song of hope for the future it has to be ‘These Northern Skies’. It was never going to be an easy task to follow up her previous album ‘Lifeboats for Atlantis’, however ‘While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet’ hits the mark dead centre.
Alongside Heather (guitar, piano) on this album are Sophie Webber (cello) Greg Nergaard (upright bass) Mark Lavengood (dobro) Jordi Kleiner (violin) Rob Clearfield (accordion, piano) Ty Maxon (guitar) and Joel Styzens (drums, percussion).
To find Heather Styka and ‘While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet’ this is the place to go: heatherstyka.com
Reviewer: Tim Carroll