There’s a subtle sway to the music of Heatherly (AKA Chattanooga singer-songwriter Heather Leigh Holt), and within its acoustic lengths can be found a history of revelatory expanse of both confession and mystery. She approaches these familiar sounds in much the same way artists of past decades did, with a hopeful resourcefulness and a plucked emotional resonance. It’s no stretch to see the folk filaments of her work stretching all the way back to the records of musicians like Gram Parsons and Neil Young.
She favors her acoustic guitar and the dramatic echoes that she can pull from its strings, a series of intimate and experiential moments that give her music the weight to pull free from its communal influences. Whether she’s looking to expose some buried secret or shine a light on a more universal awareness, Holt doesn’t waver in her conviction that the answers lie within the ongoing relationship between her particularly expressive voice and the thrumming sound of her preferred instrument.
Recently, she joined forces with Ross Bartels of In Orbit Productions LLC to create a video for “A Waltz for You,” a gorgeous track taken from her 2016 self-titled EP. The song finds Holt plucking her acoustic guitar as she travels through the memory of a lost love and the regrets that exist in the aftermath of broken affection. Her voice is clear and confident even when she’s finding the fractures, and she ultimately understands that it was better to cast this specific love aside and use the hurt to become a better judge of character.
The simplicity of “A Waltz for You” is utterly compelling, with so few moving parts adding up to a tremendous emotional release. And with the video following Holt through various states of remembrance, it provides the perfect visual accompaniment to highlight the lovelorn and ruminative feelings that course their way through the song’s every pluck and sigh. Holt finds that determined folk heart and peels back the muscle to reveal its interior contractions, presenting us with a cautiously introspective look at the consequences of love.
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