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On July 10th, soulful chanteuse Heather Woods Broderick released her new album, Glider. This LP is an example of dynamics done right. At first listen, the melancholy and piano ballad roots are at the forefront. This is only one layer. Ms. Broderick, a multi-instrumentalist, delves into the ether and brings back a sound scape that organically builds upon itself. Years of touring and performing live play an integral role in the compositions. This album fits in your hand. This album reaches for the nose-bleed seats.

Album opener, 'Up in the Pine', is a solid start. For someone who can write such delicate music and has an ear for dynamics, it is interesting the first track doesn't "build up" in the traditional sense. Echoing guitars and a light pulsing beat do crescendo with layers of strings, atmospherics and a droning bass. But the intensity stays within a preset instead of slowly launching into the album.

Ms. Broderick does not tread lightly. Dynamics, while important in individual songs, also play a part in the album as a whole. There is an ebb and flow. While there is a dreamy fog lingering in the tracks, subtle changes in rhythm and prioritized instrumentation make all the difference. On 'Mama Shelter', there is a play between fluid guitars, tender vocals in the verses and a slick bass line accompanied by slightly tribal backing vocals and percussion. Then suddenly, the next track, 'Fall Hard' is all piano ballad. Lush strings keep everything legato and lilting.

The stand out track, 'Wyoming', is a play in beautiful dynamics and layering. The whole first two-thirds of the song are a build up to the bridge where everything lets loose. Fuzzed out guitars are somehow still gentle in their bursts. 'Wyoming' walks a line that is difficult for any song--music that keeps you safe alone in your room while still able to wash over an entire stadium of people.

The title track, 'Glider', is a beautiful meditation. The piano and backing vocals are just a platform for Ms. Broderick's vocals. The earnestness in her voice as she repeats, "had enough" over and over again sits heavy on your chest while a subtle droning bass line rounds out the music.

The final song, 'All for a Love', while in theory fits with this album, takes a fresh turn. This album builds on the idea of music slowly churning, hard set beats are not a priority. But this song is a sultry, modern take on a style of a bar singer from generations past. You can smell the whiskey and cigarettes as the horn trembles in the outro.

There is more than meets the eye with Glider. Subtlety is key. Ms. Broderick knows this. With the time and production value put into these songs, they could have easily gone the direction of Top 40. But it didn't. The hazy, dream-pop vibe mixed with piano bar works. Take a listen. Soon you'll be lost in the worlds of melancholy and the sublime.

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