Heather Woods Broderick “Wyoming”
Excuse me if I’m late to the Heather Woods Broderick train. I only recently got a chance to listen to her sophomore album Glider, but I’m glad I did. Broderick, a former member of Efterklang (who I’m also a big fan of…well, before they started making crap like “Modern Drift”), has one of those dreamy, languid sounds that’s immediately familiar. I mean, at the top of my head I immediately think of Grouper or Cocteau Twins. I know the formula of soprano voices smothered by hazy, twinkling music can sound affected after a while, but Broderick holds her own and spins a world that can easily exist in the forefront or lazily drift into the background.
On first listen, “Wyoming” immediately stands out for its introverted intensity, and so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the lead singles. But please don’t let the boring music video mislead you into thinking this is forgettable music reserved for providing ambiance to coffee shops (I actually quite enjoy my boring coffee shop music, thankyouverymuch), but Broderick has a voice that’s intimate but powerful. Don’t underestimate it.