Heather Green is a transplant, having left the sweet smells of the Pacific to find a home here in Canada’s Ocean playground. That being said, she’s engrained herself into the musical community, and the saltwater air is now a part of her sound. Well, that and maybe working with producer Daniel Ledwell and getting contributions from Halifamous players like Jenn Grant, Rose Cousins, Don Brownrigg and Erin Costelo.
But this is more than just an collection of guests and more songs about an artist finding a new home. Green explores dark and sultry vibes, but easily falls into more soulful compositions. Ledwell’s diversity and subtle touch are essential to the overall sound of this record, but Green’s willingness to jump without looking really makes the relationship work.
Green’s voice bends around endless textures and tempos to tell stories of love and regret. Heather moves with confidence when required; her presence on “Dirty Love” commands attention, but it’s when she opens up and hints at a shy insecurity that I feel a connection. When Green exhales, the results feel more like an easy conversation than a spotlight hungry performance.
Your Last War may be born and based here, but the songs don’t sound like anything being made in Halifax right now. Green has folk roots that have only been pushed by the company she keeps, but when needed the electronics swell to frame big city dream and failures and really improve the flow of the record. Green will launch her LP on May 12th at The Company House and even though half of the North End might be on stage over the course of the night, you should show up and share in that spirit of community.