Heather Nova emerged in the early 90s. Her first record was hailed as “A stoned black olive among drab greens” by NME and her second album “Oyster” went on to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and took her on her first world tour. Her next album, “Siren”, established her firmly in the world of alternative rock, with singles charting worldwide, and invitations to play major festivals in Europe , the UK and America, as well as song placement in major TV shows and film soundtracks.
“The Way it Feels” is her 9th studio album and is perhaps her best to date. It is imbued with an atmosphere that feels both natural and yet somehow otherworldly. There are echoes of Americana, a bit of dark folk – a banjo and some pedal steel here and there – but it still feels very much like a Heather album with her distinctive vocals and great songwriting at its core. She recorded it in Charleston, South Carolina in the heat of the summer in an old house that she says “she walked past several times on the first day looking for the studio because she thought it was an abandoned house.” The sounds that producers, Josh Kaler and Jay Clifford, created around her songs make for a gorgeous laid – back atmosphere injected with hooky guitars and infectious rhythms. It’s a breath of fresh air. Again it’s hard to pigeon-hole, but again this works in her favor, as the album feels fresh and intimate, hooky and atmospheric all at once. It marries the hazy moodiness of her acclaimed album “Storm” with what feels like her very best songwriting to date. Whereas other albums have felt a bit “produced” this one feels like it was born this way. The production is unassuming but never dull. It carries you through the album from one engaging song to the next. There are simply no “filler” tracks on this album at all – each one is a gem.
Chris Riffle’s brand of heartfelt folk is a product—and a tale—of two coasts. There’s no mistaking the pastoral, spacious sound of his roots—the picturesque coastal towns of Washington state, where while still in college Riffle began making waves on local radio stations, and landed support gigs for such indie mainstays as Death Cab for Cutie.
And yet it’s the other side of the country, on New York’s famously gritty Lower East Side, where Chris has found a second home, becoming a mainstay performer at the venerable Living Room, and Rockwood Music Hall collaborating with members of The Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons. Chris has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Blood Orange, Mothxr, Jesse Malin & Joseph Arthur (to name a few). Chris’ albums have been in rotation at over 150 radio stations & featured on Sirius XM.
His new full length, Out of town, was recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Paul Simon), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor) and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Coldplay).