Heather Fay’s album Cherish the Broken released last month, and I’ve received my copy in the post. I did have pre-mastered copies of some of the album to work with when I was developing the artwork, and Autumn’s Chill (the working title for the album) was high on my playlist while I illustrated for Heather. It’s a gorgeously buoyant track, full of light and life; invoking memories of my own childhood. Heather’s style is like that; delicate, openly emotional, and quite evocative. She has quite a poetic lyrical approach, using imagery that really encourages a personal connection to her music; a real talent, one not found often enough in indie music today.
The album is a rich folksy bluegrass offering with a healthy cut of country root stock left in (“I Would For You“). Lyrically and vocally you will hear a mix of Jewel (“Scrape Knee’d Girl“) & The Indigo Girls (“Stay” & “Where We’ll Meet Again”). Heather had support from a number of musicians making this record; the sparse yet very effective use of use cello/violin, mandolin, steel pedal and organ show a lot of consideration and knowledge in the mastering. Over-all, it is an exceptionally well balanced record, and that displays a lot of experience, knowledge and heart.
If my heart should break would you kick it around?
Sweep it under the rug never to be found?
Or would you put it together again?
And cherish the broken parts of who I am? – from “I Would For You”.
The record title comes straight out of the heart of Heather’s lyrics, and nothing is more honest than that. I was pretty thrilled to be a part of that process; it was during a somewhat intense period of the development when Heather was feeling the weight of the album; mastering was very nearly completed, and she still needed a name. She was so close to every part of her work, she was struggling to see it in entirety, and this lyric was re-discovered in a new light. It stuck, and I feel it really captures quite beautifully who Heather is as a person, and also those parts of herself and her experiences she gives voice to on this record.
It’s a record Jasmine and I both enjoy, and if there is any criticism more brutal than that of an 8 year old, I’m not aware of it. Thanks, Heather – you did it, and it’s wonderful!