parlando playlist #49: heidi berry - cradle [1991]

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

"Cradle" was on Love, the second of four albums from Heidi Berry, and the first from the label 4AD. 4AD's co-founder, Ivo Watts-Russell, said "Her albums are at the core of what I hoped I was doing with 4AD, to represent people who could express themselves in music that has nothing to do with the flow and flavour of the decade in which they were made. [...] Out of the records that I released on 4AD, Heidi's albums are some of the most important to me." I'm a little bit amused at that quote, because (to me) 4AD's catalogue is very much late '80s / early '90s -- though they made the late '80s / early '90s sound, too, and without 4AD maybe the sound would be very different. (Also the 4AD cover design: Vaughan Oliver was huge.) Anyway, I think Watts-Russell was right about Heidi Berry: the sound is universal.

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Comment on November 13th, 2013.

How influential do you think the 4AD sound was on bands who weren't on 4AD?

This is beautiful, by the way. Is this album the best starting point with Berry?


Comment on November 14th, 2013.

The first question: I don't know, really. I think so; I thought that there were a whole bunch of bands that sounded much the same, both on 4AD and off. But I was not into them, pretty much.

Second: "Cradle" is one of the two best songs in Berry's oeuvre, to me. But I like her albums, especially the second and third, Love and Heidi Berry.

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